October 15 is Global Handwashing Day

The Philippine Red Cross, Catanduanes Chapter, will spearhead the celebration of the Global Handwashing Day in selected schools and communities in the province this October 15.

The celebration is aimed at increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases, particularly diarrhea. Last summer, a cholera outbreak in Catanduanes killed nearly 20 people. Including children, due to poor hygiene.

“The simple act of washing hands with soap can reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children under five by almost 50 percent, and respiratory infections by nearly 25 percent,” the Red Cross said. Nearly 10,000 dying every year from diarrhea in the Philippines, with the Department of Health citing it as among the leading causes of death with a rate of 16 deaths per 100,000 children.

Red Cross 143 Community Health Teams will be mobilized by the Red Cross chapters nationwide to conduct hygiene promotion demonstrations in schools and in the community.

The PRC Catanduanes chapter recently played a key role in combating the cholera outbreak through its Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation (PHAST) project in several barangays, fielding teams in stricken barangays to provide clean water and educate the people on sanitation and proper hygiene.

Source: Catanduanes Tribune