Global Handwashing Day is noticed on October 15 annually to boost consciousness and spotlight the significance of handwashing as an efficient technique of illness prevention. This 12 months it marks a crucial reminder for the world that this easy, cost-effective apply can save lives, WHO stated.
“Handwashing has always been one of the most effective ways of keeping diseases at bay. It is a simple act that pays in dividends when it comes to keeping ourselves healthy and safe. Handwashing is also one of the key cornerstones of Covid-19 prevention.
“Now greater than ever as we embrace the brand new regular and stay with Covid-19, hand hygiene must turn into an integral a part of our day by day routine and our lives as we stay by this pandemic and past to guard us from ailments,” said Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, the regional director of WHO South-East Asia Region.
The world health body said with Covid-19 transmission mainly spreading between people through direct, indirect — through contaminated objects or surfaces — or close contact with infected people via mouth and nose secretions, washing hands with soap and running water is of critical importance.
“To cease the unfold of Covid-19, together with different Covid acceptable behaviours, the apply of handwashing at common intervals is a should, after coughing or sneezing, when caring for the sick, after utilizing the bathroom, earlier than consuming, whereas making ready meals and after dealing with animals or animal waste. Handwashing after touching frequent surfaces similar to doorknobs or handles, or after one comes again residence from visiting a public place will preserve ourselves and others round us protected,” it stated.