Health Desk-- Oct 16, 2017: Speakers at a function on Sunday said regular hands wash with soap before eating and after discharging feces can prevent the water-borne diseases like diarrhoea and pneumonia.
“Over 35 lakh children aged less than five years died of diarrhoea and pneumonia ever year across the globe ... but the habit of washing hands before eating and after relieving feces can prevent the immature death from the diseases,” Local Government Division (LGD) Secretary Abdul Malek said while addressing the inaugural function as the chief guest marking the Global Handwashing Day-2017.
In observance of the day, the LGD organised the function on the Osmani Memorial Auditorium premises with its Additional Secretary Mahbub Hossain in the chair while UNICEF Representative in Bangladesh Edouard Beigbeder and Chief Engineer of Public Health Engineering Department Sudhir Kumar Ghosh addressed the function as the special guests.
The LGD of the Local Government, Rural Development and Co-operatives Ministry in association with different development association agencies, non-government agencies, civil society organisations and mass media has taken various programmers to observe the day with the theme “Our Hands, Our Future”.
Bangladesh as well the globe celebrates the Day at every October 15 since 2008 aimed at increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap.