The Deputy Minister of Health Dr Joe Phaahla is to address Global handwashing Day webinar to raise awareness about importance of washing hands with soap as a key approach to disease prevention.
15 October is dedicated to Global Handwashing advocacy, and to mobilize individuals, households, schools and health establishments, on handwashing and hygiene as a proven intervention to curb life threatening preventable diseases, such as diarrhoea in children..
Diarrhoea in South Africa is a major public health problem and is one of the main causes of deaths in children under the age of five (5) years. Diarrhoea accounts for 3.4% of total deaths and is the 8th largest cause of death.
This year, the Global hand washing theme focuses on the links between handwashing and food – including food hygiene and nutrition
The objectives of the Global Handwashing campaign are to increase awareness on the link between poor hygiene and diseases, and to promote the creation of environments conducive to the promotion of good hygiene practices in schools, homes and in health facilities.
Details for the Webinar:
Date: 15 October 2020
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