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Dettol and Hoga Saaf Pakistan are encouraging us to wash hands and fight disease. Here's how

This initiative is highlighting the importance of building good habits around personal care and hygiene.
Updated Jun 04, 2019 01:03pm

Dettol and Hoga Saaf Pakistan are on a mission to set our priorities right with an awareness initiative this Ramazan.

Since the human body holds significant potential to become home to a large number of disease-carrying germs and parasites, this initiative is helping us realise the importance of building good habits of personal care and hygiene.

UNICEF statistics denote that the burden of malnutrition is unacceptably high and is often related to hygiene issues.

This is why Hoga Saaf Pakistan is highlighting these six basic steps of hand washing:

These steps are in-line with the recommendations made by the World Health Organization.
These steps are in-line with the recommendations made by the World Health Organization.

Here's how Dettol explains these steps further:

3 ways hand-washing helps maintain good health

UNICEF statistics reveal 53,000 Pakistani children under five die annually from diarrhea due to poor water and sanitation. Washing hands the right way ensures that skin rids itself of disease-causing bacteria.

Here are few ways hand-washing helps our bodies fight harmful bacteria:

1. Reduces deaths caused by diarrhea

The Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that diarrheal deaths can be reduced up to 50% by washing hands with soap and water.

2. Reduces risk of common infections

Since most food-borne infections spring from contaminated hands, a number of these can be prevented if we encourage appropriate hand-washing practices in our households.

3. Prevents outbreak of germs

Washing hands when necessary (before and after preparing and eating food, after use of bathrooms, after coughing or blowing nose etc) with soap and water is the best way to get rid of germs and keeping them from spreading.

What is Hoga Saaf Pakistan?

'Hoga Saaf Pakistan' is a social impact program aligned with the government of Pakistan’s 'Clean and Green Pakistan' movement.

The initiative aims to focus on healthcare and cleanliness across the country in an attempt to create awareness on staying protected against illnesses, germs and pollution one hand wash at a time.

For more information on the initiative, head over to Dettol's official facebook page.


This content is produced in paid partnership with Dettol and is not associated with or reflective of the views of DAWN.com or its editorial staff.