Global Handwashing Day | 15 October

Few people know that October 15th is Global Handwashing Day, a day dedicated to informing and raising awareness of the enormous importance of hand hygiene. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to learn the proper way to wash our hands as well as to realize the mistakes we are likely to make, no matter how simple it may seem. It was established as World Day in 2008 by the international organization Global Public – Private Partnership for Handwashing.

Impurities from humans or animals are a major source of germs. A single gram of human feces can contain a trillion germs! Help stop the spread of germs by following the correct way to wash your hands.

How to wash your hands properly

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (hot or cold) and then apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap
  • Be sure to apply foam to the top of your palms as well as between your fingers and under your fingernails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands thoroughly under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands.
  • If you do not have soap or water, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

When to wash your hands

  • Before, during and after food preparation
  • Before eating
  • Before and after caring for someone who is ill
  • Before and after caring for a wound in the body
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing a baby’s diaper, or after helping to clean the toilet
  • After you cough, or sneeze in your hands
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal feces
  • After touching rubbish
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