Lessons on impeccable hygiene aren’t just for kindergarteners, as the Department of Water and Sanitation has rightfully reminded all citizens that good health starts with cleanliness ahead of Global Handwashing Day.

The day is observed annually on 15 October but its message and objectives are something the department wants everyone to do religiously every day of the year.

Global Handwashing Day is an international advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding on the importance of handwashing as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases. This year’s Global Handwashing Day will be observed under the theme Make handwashing a habit”.

The campaign raises awareness of the correct handwashing method with soap as a key approach to disease prevention. It is also meant to raise awareness in homes, communities, hospitals, schools and workplaces.

To support the campaign, the Department of Water and Sanitation (DWS) will undertake various activities around the country to raise awareness of sanitation, health and hygiene during the month of October.

The DWS KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Office has scheduled various awareness activities to start on 11 October with a school educational drive at Wetland Primary School in Kokstad in the Harry Gwala District Municipality.

Other awareness activities are also scheduled for different district municipalities during October. For a full list of events in other provinces, visit https://www.dwa.gov.za/events/events2016.aspx.

Steps to thorough handwashing

There are six steps to use when washing hands:

Step 1: Wet hands and apply soap well then rub hands together.

Step 2: Rub the back of both hands.

Step 3: Interlace fingers and rub hands together.

Step 4: Interlock fingers and rub the back of fingers on both hands.

Step 5: Rub thumbs in a rotating manner followed by the area between index fingers and thumb for both hands

Step 6: Rub fingertips on palms of both hands, rinse soap and wipe with paper towel or clean towel.

Washing hands constantly, especially after using the toilet, will prevent diarrhoea, cholera, typhoid fever and trachoma.

Source: South African Government News Agency

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