Global Handwashing Day was introduced to lower the rates of mortality among children all over the world. It is recognized by the name of Global Handwashing Day to increase awareness of necessity of cleaning your hands.Global Handwashing provides a platform for the development of innovative methods to motivate people to start washing their hands using soap as a regular practice.
This is why Global Handwashing aims to draw attention to the condition of handwashing across the globe and to raise awareness of handwashing, and to help establish a handwashing culture that is universally accepted.Every year , various local and national leaders across the globe are busy showing that hand washing is important by organizing campaigns to encourage handwashing.
Handwashing can help in preventing common flu, acute respiratory illnesses and diarrhea.It has been proven to reduce diarrhea by 30 percent and respiratory illnesses by 21% among toddlers.It is believed that incorporating hand washing into our daily lives is more effective than any single vaccine or medical intervention around all over the world.Handwashing Week can also be utilized to increase awareness of hygiene and the importance of hand washing and has the primary objective of stopping the spread of illness as far as is possible.Therefore, WASH(water sanitation and hygiene) programs are integrated in the Handwashing initiatives.The date of Global Handwashing Week was picked by the UN General Assembly while declaring 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation.
Hands are the most common place for germs to spread when they touch surfaces that are dirty and shaking hands, as well as contaminating water and food, and also being in contact with the fluids of a sick person.Therefore, it is essential to regularly wash our hands especially prior to eating food to stay clear of illnesses.This is because it’s the first defense against infections.Children are among the most affected.
Hands must be cleaned in each of the cases below:
Prior to eating, it is important to
After having used the toilet
In the beginning, cook
After and before attending to sick people
After touching an animal
After a day of work in the fields
Method for properly washing hands
Step 1. Clean hands and wet hands. water
Step 2: Rub soap on and make a thick lather
Step 3. Rub hands for around 20 seconds
Step 4. Remove the dirt from the bottom of hands and the space between fingers.
Step 5. Remove the nail polish and any dirt that has accumulated in them.
Step 6. Rinse off dirt and soap with fresh water.
Step 7. Clean hands with paper towels, a towel or blow-dryer.
It is best to use running water because standing water is dirty.Also, hot water cleanses much better than water that is cold.Soap is recommended for every one of the cases mentioned above.Liquid soap is more hygiene-friendly than bar soap and helps fight against diseases more effectively.
Therefore, the simple act of washing hands can help in fighting off infection.This is particularly beneficial when it comes to toddlers, thereby reducing the mortality rate of infants to an impressive rate!