Ludhiana, October 15, 2014: October 15th marks the annual Global Hand washing Day, aimed at increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. Around the world, children, teachers, parents, celebrities, and government officials plan to mobilise and motivate millions to lather up in order to reduce life-threatening diseases, such as diarrhoea and acute respiratory infections.
Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana observed global hand washing day wherein all doctors and staff took pledge to wash their hands to prevent hospital acquired infection and reduce antimicrobial resistance. A health talk based on Hand hygiene was conducted by Dr.Seema for the visiting patients in the OPD. This was followed by a talk and discussion with staff and doctors about hand washing practice and 5 moments of hand washing.
“It is an excellent day to remind students and staff when and how to wash their hands to prevent the spread of disease.” Said Dr. Seema Singhal, Lab head, SRL C/O Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana.
The first Global Hand Washing Day took place on 15 October 2008, the date that was appointed by the UN General Assembly in accordance with year 2008 as the International Year of Sanitation. The theme for Global Handwashing Day’s inaugural year was Focus on School Children.
GHD is a campaign to motivate and mobilize millions around the world to wash their hands with soap as handwashing with soap is a key approach to disease prevention. Handwashing with soap is the most effective & inexpensive way to prevent diarrheal & acute respiratory infections, which take the lives of millions of children in developing countries. Together, they are responsible for the majority of all child deaths.
Dr. Ankush Mehta, Medical Superintendent, Fortis Hospital, Ludhiana said ” We would facilitate vigorous environmental sanitation and hygiene campaigns on hygienic practices among everyone, to improve basic knowledge and human behaviour.”
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