Washing our hands frequently with soap and water is the simplest and most efficient technique to protect our health and keep germs at bay.
Since the Covid-19 epidemic, it is more crucial than ever to wash your hands. Many people’s lives have been saved and their safety has been ensured by this. In addition, handwashing can stop the flu and virus diseases from spreading.
On October 15, people all across the world observe Global Handwashing Day to raise awareness of how crucial handwashing is to maintaining our health and safety. The power of soap and water alone can heal you. This is one of the most effective strategies to shield ourselves from illness and avoid infecting others.
Global Handwashing Day History & Significance
The Global Handwashing Partnership held the first Global Handwashing Day celebration in Stockholm, Sweden in 2008. Surprisingly, the year also marked the International Year of Sanitation. The following day, the UN General Assembly declared October 15 to be International Handwashing Day.
Simply washing your hands can lower the number of sick kids. Educating individuals about the value of good hand hygiene can help:
fewer than 23% to 40% of persons will become ill from diarrhoea.
Reduce the number of people with digestive issues by 29–57%.
58% fewer people need to have their immune systems strengthened.
16–21% less respiratory infections and illnesses.
How is Global Handwashing Day Celebrated?
Different ways are observed by people all across the world on Global Handwashing Day. You can support this day by participating in a variety of events, such as:
:- You can take part in a variety of handwashing initiatives or view videos of campaigns.
:- You can learn the proper techniques for hand washing and maintaining personal hygiene.
:- You may show others how to do the same thing and educate them on the value of good hand hygiene.
:- You can spread the word about Global Handwashing Day by posting messages and videos on your social media accounts.
:- Purchase handwashing posters to motivate you and your family members to practise good hand hygiene.
Some Unknown Facts
:- Only 60% of the world’s population has access to a simple handwashing station.
:- In the world’s least developed nations, only 28% of people have access to simple handwashing facilities. Only 1% of the population in Liberia has access to these amenities.
:- In Ethiopia, only 0.1% of people have access to soap and water, compared to 91% of people in Iraq.
:- There are still about 10 million people in 17 different nations who cannot access handwashing stations.
:- Only 34% of persons who live in rural areas have access to these facilities.
:- Using restrooms presents the greatest challenge for a person with a disability, who make up about 15% of the global population.
:- There are 900 million schools worldwide without basic handwashing facilities because just 53% of all schools have access to them.
Global Handwashing Day Theme
The theme for this year is “Culture or Climate for Quality and Safety.” The emphasis on widespread hand hygiene is highlighted by the theme. We can work together to achieve our health goals.
And when we work together, we need to be mindful of our hand hygiene because when we don’t routinely wash our hands with soap and water, we tend to spread germs and get other people sick.
Before and after eating, after using the restroom, and after coughing or sneezing, handwashing is extremely necessary.
The subject for this year will address the same issue and educate people about the critical advantages of routine hand washing.
On this special day, we are sharing with you some special quotes:
:- The occasion of Global Handwashing Day reminds us all how important it is to wash hands to stay healthy and germ-free.
:- Most of the germs enter our system through our hands and bring us diseases. Global Handwashing Day is a reminder to always wash your hands.
:- Wash those germs right off your hands.
:- Hand washing is the first basic step towards achieving any millennium goals for development. It saves lives.
:- Clean hands, sound heart. Clean well so you can eat well.
:- Washing hands prevents disease and puts everyone else at ease.
:- Some things are only possible to accept after witnessing them firsthand, however, you can’t see germs.
:- Break the germ cycle. Be responsible for your own health.
:- Be a germ buster, wash hands. Pledge this on global handwashing day.
:- Clean hands are gatekeepers of wellbeing. You should be careful about it.
:- Clean hands drive everything and everyone. Clean hands keep germs from spreading.