To mark Global Handwashing Day on October 15, South Lincolnshire Clinical Commissioning Group is reminding people of the importance of regularly washing your hands and making it part of your daily routine for good hygiene.
Washing your hands is something so simple, yet it is a habit that many people forget to do. Hands are one of the biggest spreaders of germs though and washing your hands on a regular basis with soap and warm water can help to prevent the spread of flu, stomach bugs and other winter illnesses.
This not only protects yourself, but those around you by removing any infection-causing germs from your hands.
The theme for Global Handwashing Day this year is focused on ‘Choose handwashing, Choose health’. This is to emphasise the need for people to live healthier lives by implementing the habit of washing their hands with soap and water into their daily routines.
Every year, around 200 million people from over 100 different countries take part in Global Handwashing Day.
Dr Miles Langdon, Chair of NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, said:
“For something as simple as washing your hands, it’s important to raise awareness to help prevent the spread of germs and reduce your chances of getting ill, especially amongst young children.
“This is particularly important after going to the bathroom or before you handle any food, as it helps to reduce the spread of germs which can increase the spread of flu, as well as diarrhoeal and acute respiratory infections.”