Global Handwashing Day ; How death of children can be reduced to half in Nigeria.
Every year of 15th October is #Global Handwashing Day is celebrated. The sole purpose is to remind people that handwashing with soap is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Washing with soap reduces the mortality rate of respiratory and diarrhea diseases by 25% and 5O%.
Handwashing among children is an important part of personal hygiene, overall disease protection and helping children grow strong.
Handwashing with soap is the easiest and cheapest way to reduce child mortakity.
Worldwide, diarrhea and pneumonia are leading causes of death for children under the age of five according to the Global Handwashing Partnership.
Handwashing with soap is the most effective and inexpensive way to prevent these diseases. A global assessment of WHO and UNICEF showed that 53% of schools worldwide lack handwashing facilities with water and soap. Without handwashing facilities in schools, children become more predisposed to all kinds if illnesses affecting their ability to learn, grow and thrive. Regular handwashing with soap and water is one of the best ways to protect our children's health and education. In Nigeria, handwashing fixtures are less available to public schools and even those in private schiols
More and more lives will be saved if children are trained to wash their hands. This can only if parents develop a culture that encourages such. The most important times to wash hands are :
(i) after contact with faeces such as using the toilet or cleaning a child.
(ii) before contact with food preparing food eating or feeding a child
(iii) after blowing nose, coughing and sneezing.
(iv) after contact with an Animal, animal feed or waste
(v) after handling pet food or pet treats
(vi) after touching garbage.
This way many lives including that of children could be saved.
Let us form the culture and habit of handwashing
Thanks for the info