It’s global hand washing day

POSTED: 10/15/12 3:41 PM

St. Maarten (DCOMM) –Today global hand washing day is on the calendar of the United Nations. The day calls on people to improve hygiene practices by washing their hands with soap.

“Hand washing is not only simple and inexpensive, but hand washing with soap can dramatically cut the number of young children who get sick,” the department of communication stated in a press release.

Minister of Public Health, Social Development and Labor Cornelius de Weever calls on school children, teachers, families and others to learn about the benefits of washing one’s hands with soap.

“I would like to encourage the healthcare professionals and the food service industry to be vigilant about their employees and ensure internal hand washing procedures and adherence to them,” Minister De Weever said yesterday.

The section general public health (SGPH) reports that according to international studies, about two million children under the age of five die each year from diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, the top two killers of young children around the globe.

Hand washing with soap could protect about one out of every three young children who get sick with diarrhea, and almost one out of six young children with respiratory infections like while many people clean their hands with water, few use soap to do this, even though soap removes germs more effectively.

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