The 15th October of every year Is observed as Global Handwashing Day.
The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008 when over 120 million children from around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries. Since 2008, leaders have used the day to spread awareness about handwashing, building sinks, tippy taps and to demonstrate the value of clean hands.
The THEME for 2020 is “HAND HYGIENE FOR ALL”
The day is dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
Handwashing with soap can prevent 1 in 3 people getting diarrhoea, and 1 in 5 people from falling sick with a respiratory illness.
According to UNICEF, here’s how a person should wash their hands properly.
First a person needs to wet hands with running water and then apply soap to cover hands. Once done, they need to scrub all surfaces of the hands for at least 20 seconds before rinsing them thoroughly in running water and drying the hands with a clean cloth or a single-use towel.
UNICEF further states that one should wash their hands for at least 20-30 seconds. Furthermore, in the context of COVID-19 prevention, one should wash hands a number of times including when blowing one’s nose, coughing or sneezing, visiting a public place, touching surfaces outside home, including money, while caring for a sick person and before and after eating.
With the COVID-19 pandemic all over the world, observing Global Handwashing Day has never been more important.