Vietnam observes Global Hand Washing Day

Tuesday, 2018-10-16 11:50:52
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Pupils from Hanoi’s Ngo Gia Tu Primary School washing hands with soap in response to the Global Hand Washing Day on October 15. (Photo:
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NDO – Over 1,300 pupils from Hanoi’s Ngo Gia Tu Primary School washed their hands with soap in response to the Global Hand Washing Day on October 15.

The event was co-organised by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Training (MoET)and Unilever Vietnam Foundation to observer the annual global campaign, which falls on October 15 each year, to motivate and mobilise the public to improve their handwashing habits.

With the benefits of hand-washing with soap, the Global Handwashing Partnership launched the campaign for the first time in 2008, stating that the habit is a simple but effective way for disease prevention that is within the reach of everyone.

At the meeting to respond to the Day at Ngo Gia Tu Primary School, Nguyen Thi Lien Huong, Head of the MoH’s Health Environment Management Agency, said that washing hands with soap is a simple task but has great practical meaning to prevent diseases. For pupils, the future generations of the country, keeping clean hands and fighting diseases is a good thing and good health starts with clean hands.

A representative from Unilever Vietnam Foundation said that following the event, the fund, in collaboration with the MoH and the MoET, will strengthen communication activities on personal hygiene at 100 primary schools in the southern province of Binh Duong to create a habit of washing hands with soap to help prevent diseases, thus improving health for students and the community.

The same events were also held on the same day at the Hanoi-based Vietnam National Hospital of Pediatrics and the Central Military Hospital 108.