Cameroon has joined the international community to observe the International Hand Washing Day this Monday 15th October 2018.
The Day was observed under the theme “Clean hands – a recipe for health.”
Many Cameroonians and citizens of other countries are unaware of the health benefits of hand washing.
This explains why in the year 2008 United Nations put aside each 15th October as day of hand washing.
It is a day to educate the public on the importance of washing hands with soap.
Health experts say hand washing with soap is one of the simplest lifesaving practice due to the following reason;
-Approximately over 39% of people do not wash their hands after coughing, sneezing or blowing their nose.
– Only 20% of people wash their hands before preparing food and 39% before eating
– Most people wash their hands just within six seconds and 33% without soap.
– About 7% of women and 15% men do not wash their hands after using the bathroom
In the process of raising awareness, experts design creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at specific times.
The objectives of Global Hand Washing Day include:
#To uphold the culture of hand washing with soap.
#Spotlight on the state of hand washing around the world.
#Raise awareness on the benefits of hand washing with soap.
Actors involved in the sensitisation process
Due to the importance of hand washing, governments, international institutions, civil society organizations, NGOs, private companies, and individuals are joining forces to educate the public.
In Cameroon, the Ministry of Public Health and Non-Governmental Organisation have been very involved in the sensitisation campaigns.
As varied as the messages are, the key fact is that hand washing is a healthy practice.
The campaign is more intense in school milieu where young children study sometimes with little assess to clean water.
The exercise is also essential to the population of the three Northern regions that frequently experience the deadly cholera epidermis.
The first Global Hand Washing Day was held in 2008.
On that day, over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap in more than 70 countries.
Bruno Ndonwie Funwie