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Why Do We Celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day?

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands

Did you know germs on your hands can survive for up to three hours?

If you look around, you will see that washing hands before a meal comes naturally to some people. Then there are some who forget about these habits altogether.

It takes practice and a true understanding of the benefits of good hygiene for these habits to sink in completely.

World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated on the 5th of May to spread awareness about maintaining proper hand hygiene.

The theme for World Hygiene Day 2021 – Achieving hand hygiene at the point of care, draws inspiration from the 2009 ‘SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands’ global campaign. This day serves as a yearly reminder that washing hands regularly is one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.

It is necessary to wash your hands with soap and water properly for at least 20 seconds to remove dirt, germs, viruses and bacteria.

Always remember, ‘A handwash a day keeps germs away!‘. 

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