The UN children's Fund officially declared October 15 as World hand washing day,which was first held in 2008 as part of the year of sanitation proclaimed by the UN General Assembly. At that time, more than 120 million children worldwide washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries.

Through unwashed hands, pathogens of such terrible diseases as cholera, viral pneumonia, hepatitis, flu and SARS enter the human body. "Dirty hands" are one of the main causes of high infant mortality in Asia and Africa, as irregular hand washing can cause diseases such as cholera, diphtheria, pneumonia, hepatitis, flu and common cold, conjunctivitis, scabies, and various fungal diseases. According to UNICEF, five thousand children die every day from diarrhea alone, which is also called "dirty hands disease". Half of these deaths could have been avoided if they had thoroughly washed their hands with soap before eating and after going to the toilet.

Therefore, such a simple hygiene procedure as regular hand washing can and does save thousands of children's lives every day. It not only helps prevent the infection of the body with harmful viruses and infections, but also makes people's lives more comfortable, pleasant and safe.

In many countries, national hygiene campaigns are launched on hand-washing Day with the help of the media, and information brochures are distributed to schoolchildren. Not without some kind of records. So, a few years ago, on October 15, residents of Bangladesh held a grandiose action in terms of the number of participants — 53 thousand people washed their hands all over the country at the same time.

Washing your hands often is especially important now, during the spread of Covid-19. Take care of yourself, your loved ones and be healthy!


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