Office of the Premier 14/10/2020 - 19:39
14 October 2020
Annually, October 15 the world commemorates Global Handwashing Day and this year it comes amidst the fighting against COVID-19 pandemic.
The City of Ekurhuleni has called on residents to practice handwashing with soap because it is an easy, effective, and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives.
The theme for this year's celebrations is: "Clean Hands for All".
This year the act of handwashing whilst singing "happy birthday, to you," twice was widely publicised and because of the negative impact COVID-19 had across the world, the most effective way to stop its spread is hand hygiene, especially through handwashing with soap.
MMC for Health and Social Development Nomadlozi Nkosi urged residents not to be complacent on personal hygiene, including hand washing to keep germs at bay.
"As far as the virus is concerned, we are not out of the woods yet," Nkosi said.
Gauteng Premier, David Makhura has also warned residents against complacency and urged them to always practice good hygiene by washing hands with soap or sanitising, wearing of masks and social distancing.
Residents are requested to ensure that while they observe this Global Hand Washing Day they should do so responsibly by saving water.
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