Global Handwashing Day , Oct 15, was originally started to encourage children to wash their hands with soap. It has since become an international event to encourage all people to not only wash their hands, but to use soap. Hands are carriers of diseases and if not washed properly with soap can cause eye infections, respiratory infections as well well as diarrhea diseases which include typhoid and cholera. It is estimated that 2.2 Million children under the age of 5 dies each year from diarrheal disease and respiratory infections, the top two killers of children.
This is an international health day, that eye care professionals can use via Social Media to promote proper washing and care of hands, eyes and contact lenses.
Teaching all people about proper hand washing decreases diseases in all communities. (Source)
- Reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 31%
- Reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58%
- Reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 21%
Other things that eyecare professionals can do: community outreach programs in local events and schools. Put up signs in your office about effective hand washing for sanitary reasons.