travel & lifestyle blog by ruth dela cruz

High Five for 5th Global Hand-Washing Day!

October 15, 2012

Taking a break from my Canada posts.. and let me ask you this question, what is the first thing you do when you get home? Kiss your mom? Turn on the TV? Tweet?

I wash my hands.

Pollution, and germs are everywhere – especially when you are a commuter. Even the most fancy things, like a diamond would have germs. So it pays to act and do the simplest thing to save your life – wash your hands.

October 15th marks the 5th year of celebrating Global Handwashing Day in the Philippines. The message is simple, clean hands save lives.

How will you save lives and the lives of kids? Click read more..

Some figures, the simple yet lifesaving act of handwashing with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children under five by more than 40 percent, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 percent. In the Philippines, pneumonia and diarrhea are the 3rd and 4th leading cause of deaths among children under five respectively.

Global Handwashing Day also aims to educate the public that there are 5 critical times for handwashing:

  • before eating
  • before handling food
  • after using the toilet
  • after handling your pets
  • after playtime

These are key moments when there is a high risk of transmitting germs from the hands to the mouth.

It is just sad that whenever I visit public toilets here in the Philippines, most have no available soap and water to use.

Anyway, Safeguard being the promoter of good health and hygiene, celebrated the Global Handwashing Day by donating five playgrounds with hand washing stations to Sitio Una, Taguig last October 10 (Wednesday).  The new playground at Sitio Una, and 4 others to come, is said to represent not only the past 5 years of Global Hand washing Day, but also Safeguard’s continued commitment to promote proper hygiene and health education for many more years to come. Yey!

Staying outside, being active and mobile expose you to more germs and pollution so it helps to wash hands to prevent germs transmission.

Isn’t that amazing? Now, that is just the first step in creating awareness, the next step is to share this post!

And they are ready to give you high fives!

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