The UN General Assembly has announced 15th October, as the Global Handwashing Day to reinforce its call for improved hygiene practices.
It is because:
Handwashing with soap is among the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which together are responsible for the majority of child deaths. Every year, more than 3.5 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Yet, despite its lifesaving potential, handwashing with soap is seldom practiced and not always easy to promote.
We are holding seminars at Nishtar Hospital Multan since 2008. Every year nurses, doctors and public are addressed to reinforce the message of Hand Hygiene. We are also planning now to extend the activity to the schools as well.