The best celebration of October 15, wash your hands well

The best celebration of October 15, wash your hands well

Heritage & Traditions

By Mercy Ramos

Washing your hands well has always been one of the most recommended hygienic measures to preserve human health and, at present, it becomes even more necessary, I would say, essential to avoid contagion and even save lives, due to the danger Covid-19 represents for everyone.

The first World Handwashing Day was established on October 15, 2008, when more than 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries.

Established from an initiative of the Pan American Health Organization / World Health Organization (PAHO-WHO), this decision is today even more an obligatory act if life is to be preserved.

Since that date, the commemoration has grown every year and in 2020 the theme is "Hand hygiene for all" which, together with the need to use a mask, constitute the most effective measures to avoid contagion or spread the SARS-Cov2, as long as a vaccine capable of preventing the disease is not available.

According to WHO statistics, washing hands with soap and water would reduce the risk of acute diarrhea diseases by 47 percent, conditions that, together with respiratory complications, can cause the death of 3.5 million infants each year and affect the health of several million more, in both developing and industrialized countries.

For months, with the beginning of the spread of the new coronavirus in the world, Cuba has been carrying out a strong campaign of sanitary hygiene measures to prevent contagion, which includes washing hands with soap and water several times a day as one of the main recommendations.

For this reason, in work places, study centers and all the facilities in the country, work has been carried out, when necessary, and maintenance of sanitary and hygienic facilities, so that everyone who access these places can wash their hands without restrictions.

Also, regarding this day, the country prepared a program of activities to highlight the occasion with great support from the directors of the Ministry of Education, the National Center for Health Promotion and Education, and the PAHO / WHO Representation in Cuba.

And do not forget the importance of "Hand hygiene for everyone", both today, tomorrow and always.