According to the World Health Organization (WHO), washing hands with soap is an effective and affordable way to keep infections and diseases at bay. Global Handwashing Day (GHD) is celebrated every year on October 15. Global Handwashing Partnership (GHP) started the trend of observing Global Handwashing Day in 2008 at World Water Week held in Sweden. The aim was to spread awareness about washing hands thoroughly to avoid diseases. Our hands attract dirt, which is not even visible from naked eyes. Several diseases happen only due to virus and bacteria entering your body through the simplest means. To create awareness about washing hands to keep diseases at bay, this day is of great importance.
The interesting thing here is that before cooking or eating and after every round to a toilet, washing hands with soap can reduce the rate of infection of the respiratory tract by 23 per cent and the rate of diarrhea by more than 40 per cent. Dr Sushila Kataria, Director, Internal Medicine, Medanta-The Medicity talks about the imoortance of handwashing and times when handwashing should be a must to keep deadly diseases at bay.
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