Are You Washing Your Hands Enough? Here’re 6 Things You Must Know

The simple act of washing hands can go a long way in maintaining hygiene and providing protection against diseases.

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A little act of hygiene can go a long way in saving lives.
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(15 October is observed every year as Global Handwashing Day to motivate and mobilize people to improve their handwashing habits.)

Good hand hygiene is needed to prevent sepsis, a potential life-threatening condition which affects over 30 million people globally every year, as per the World Health Organisation (WHO).

Handwashing with soap could prevent about 1 out of every 10 cases of diarrheal illnesses and almost 1 out of 6 cases of respiratory infection like pneumonia. Diarrheal illnesses along with pneumonia kill 1.4 million children under the age of 5 every year, according to a 2016 UNICEF report.

To further accentuate the importance of washing hands, here are six simple pointers to keep in mind.

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(Global Handwashing Day is observed on 15 October to draw attention to how a small act of hygiene can go a long way in saving lives.)

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