The Department of Environmental Health commemorated Global Handwashing Day at Umhlatuzana Primary School, recently.
The target group for this campaign was grade R to grade three pupils.
Global Handwashing Day is an annual campaign dedicated to increasing awareness about the importance of washing your hands with soap and clean water as an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
The first Global Handwashing Day was held in 2008, when over 120 million children around the world washed their hands with soap and clean water in more than 70 countries. The theme for the 2018 campaign was ‘Clean hands – a recipe for health’.
Joyce Hammond who is the environmental health manager for Chatsworth, gave the background and purpose of the day.
She said, “Washing your hands with soap and clean water stops the spread of diseases.”
Nomusa Mlozini and Nomthandazo Khathi who are environmental health practitioners also gave a presentation on why, when and how one must wash their hands.
They also encouraged making handwashing a part of every meal.
The other spheres of government spoke about the diseases that are spread through hand contact. They also demonstrated the proper steps of handwashing and presented a role play around the theme.