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Spread Love, Not Germs

World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated on May 5th each year since its launch in 2009. The aim of this campaign is to get people globally to improve hand hygiene in particular in health care facilities in order to protect health care workers and patients from infections. It can also promote the knowledge of infection prevention and control in everyday life, in order to protect you and your loved ones from illness.


Washing hands can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of respiratory and diarrhoeal infections. Germs can spread from person to person or from surfaces to people when you:

  • Touch your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

  • Prepare or eat food and drinks with unwashed hands

  • Touch surfaces or objects that have germs on them

  • Blow your nose, cough, or sneeze into hands and then touch other people’s hands or common objects


Key times to wash hands are:

  • After using the toilet or changing a nappy

  • Before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables

  • Before eating or handling food

  • After blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing

  • Before and after treating a cut or wound

  • After touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages


Washing hands is easy and if done the right way is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs!

  1. WET hands with clean water and apply soap

  2. LATHER hands by rubbing palms, fingers and back of hands together

  3. SCRUB hands for at least 20 seconds

  4. RINSE hands under clean water

  5. DRY hands with air dryer or towel


SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands!


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