Global Handwashing Day was observed at civil surgeon office and Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital here on Wednesday.
Civil Surgeon Dr Subhash Batta spoke on the importance of handwashing. All staff members present on the occasion were asked to keep their surroundings clean.
Dr Batta said: “Before and after taking food and using washrooms, hands should be washed in a proper way as it keeps diseases at bay.”
In Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital, senior medical officer Dr RK Karkara administered the oath to staff members, including doctors, regarding implementation of sanitation campaign as a part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan.
Dr Rajinder Gulati, head of pediatrics department, said handwashing with soap was a life-saving intervention within the technological and financial reach of all communities.
Dr Gulati said proper handwashing required soap and only a small amount of water. One should cover wet hands with soap, scrub all surfaces of hands, including palms, back, between the fingers and especially under the fingernails, for at least 20 seconds; rinse well with running water (rather than rinsing in still water); and dry either on a clean cloth or by waving in the air.
He said handwashing could prevent skin infections, eye infections, intestinal worms and avian flu. Handwashing was effective in preventing spread of disease even in overcrowded and highly contaminated slum environment, he added.