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Global Handwashing Day 2020: Sachin Tendulkar Urges Citizens To Follow Safe Practices Like Washing Hands

Global Handwashing Day 2020: Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar shares a short video message to spread the message about the importance of maintaining good hand hygiene

Global Handwashing Day 2020: Sachin Tendulkar Urges Citizens To Follow Safe Practices Like Washing Hands
Highlights
  • Global Handwashing Day is marked on October 15
  • This year, the day is being celebrated with the theme Hand Hygiene For All
  • Washing hands at regular interval is key to good health: Sachin Tendulkar

New Delhi: To promote clean hands and instill the habit of washing hands with soap or alcohol-based sanitiser on Global Handwashing Day, cricketer Sachin Tendulkar shared a short video clip explaining the benefits of following safe practices like handwashing. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar said, “As we slowly move on from earlier COVID-19 restrictions & inch towards normalcy, we all need to adopt some safe practices like: Wash hands, Wear mask, Social Distancing. #GlobalHandwashingDay”

He also urged his fans to follow these preventive measures in the fight against coronavirus and inspire more and more people to follow these good habits. In a 1-minute long video, he further added,

I agree, we all need to move ahead and go about our daily lives, but at the same time, we all have to make some routine changes in our lifestyle, we have to bring in these good habits along, we have to make sure we are washing hands at regular interval with soap and water. If soap is not available, we should use sanitisers, but we have to keep our hands clean. If we maintain a good hand hygiene, we will live a healthy life.

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Explaining the right technique of washing hands to evade germs, Sachin Tendulkar said –

Use soap for at 20 seconds, rub it both in the palms and fingers well and then wash it with water.

Sachin Tendulkar signed off with a message, “Let’s bring normal routine back by being safe.”

Also Read: Global Handwashing Day 2020: Handwashing Is Still A Challenge In India, Here’s Why

View Sachin Tendulkar’s Message

This is not the first time the cricket megastar has shared a message on the importance of washing hands. Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar has also shared a video guide showcasing the right way to wash hands as a part of World Health Organization Safe Hand Challenge.

Apart from being vocal, Sachin Tendulkar has also come forward and donated Rs.50 lakh to help the Indian government in its battle against the coronavirus outbreak. Mr. Tendulkar has contributed Rs. 25 Lakh each to Prime Minister’s Relief Fund and Maharashtra Chief Minister’s Relief Fund for COVID-19.

Also Read: Global Handwashing Day 2020: 77 Per Cent People Changed Their Handwashing Habits Due To COVID-19, Finds A Study By WaterAid India

 

Also Read: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Launches ‘Hath Dhona, Roke Corona’ On Global Handwashing Day

Why Handwashing Is Important?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), inadequate availability of water, sanitation, and hygiene results in 8,27,000 deaths in low- and middle-income countries each year. WaterAid, an international non-governmental organisation, focused on water, sanitation and hygiene states that only 1 in 5 (19%) people globally wash their hands with soap after defecating. It further states that 443 million school days are lost every year because of water-related illnesses and lack of access to sanitation and poor hygiene contribute to approximately 88% of childhood deaths caused by diarrhoeal diseases.

In India, Diarrhoea is the third leading cause of childhood mortality in India, and is responsible for 13 per cent of all deaths per year in children under 5 years of age, as per UNICEF. It also states that handwashing with soap before eating, preparing meal and after using the toilet can reduce diarrhoea rates by more than 40 per cent. Still, handwashing is not a habit in Indian households. The last edition of the National Family Health Survey 4 (2015-16) highlighted that though all households in India (as high as 97%) have washbasins, but handwashing is only practised by richer and more educated households in urban areas. The survey revealed that only 2 out of 10 poor households use soap for washing hands.

Whereas, as per the survey done in 2019 by  the National Statistical Organisation’s (NSO) mere 35 per cent Indian homes wash hands with soap, water before having meals. The survey covered 1,06,838 households in India (63,736 in rural areas and 43,102 in urban areas).

To overcome these challenges and make hand hygiene a part of everyone’s life, across the world, October 15 is marked as Global Handwashing Day. This year, the day falls at a time when the world is fighting COVID-19 pandemic. So this year the day is also being marked with the theme “Hand Hygiene for All” that aims to bring each and every section of society together to achieve universal hand hygiene, beat the virus and ensure better health outcomes beyond the pandemic.

Also Read: Global Handwashing Day: How Bhopal’s Decentralised Water Access Is Providing Adequate Handwashing Infrastructure During COVID-19 Pandemic

NDTV – Dettol Banega Swasth India campaign is an extension of the five-year-old Banega Swachh India initiative helmed by Campaign Ambassador Amitabh Bachchan. It aims to spread awareness about critical health issues facing the country. In wake of the current COVID-19 pandemic, the need for WASH (WaterSanitation and Hygiene) is reaffirmed as handwashing is one of the ways to prevent Coronavirus infection and other diseases. The campaign highlights the importance of nutrition and healthcare for women and children to prevent maternal and child mortality, fight malnutrition, stunting, wasting, anaemia and disease prevention through vaccines. Importance of programmes like Public Distribution System (PDS), Mid-day Meal Scheme, POSHAN Abhiyan and the role of Aganwadis and ASHA workers are also covered. Only a Swachh or clean India where toilets are used and open defecation free (ODF) status achieved as part of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in 2014, can eradicate diseases like diahorrea and become a Swasth or healthy India. The campaign will continue to cover issues like air pollutionwaste managementplastic banmanual scavenging and sanitation workers and menstrual hygiene.  

World

26,27,61,966Cases
22,35,18,265Active
3,40,28,506Recovered
52,15,195Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,27,61,966 and 52,15,195 have died; 22,35,18,265 are active cases and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 3:56 am.

India

3,45,96,776 8,954Cases
99,0231,520Active
3,40,28,506 10,207Recovered
4,69,247 267Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,96,776 confirmed cases including 4,69,247 deaths. The number of active cases is 99,023 and 3,40,28,506 have recovered as on December 1, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,35,658 678

11,226 299

64,83,435 942

1,40,997 35

Kerala

51,41,814 4,723

44,314 824

50,57,368 5,370

40,132 177

Karnataka

29,96,148 291

6,445 462

29,51,492 745

38,211 8

Tamil Nadu

27,26,917 720

8,244 47

26,82,192 758

36,481 9

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,909 184

2,149 47

20,56,318 134

14,442 3

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,399 12

89 3

16,87,399 8

22,911 1

West Bengal

16,16,083 705

7,731 2

15,88,866 694

19,486 13

Delhi

14,40,934 34

287 2

14,15,549 32

25,098

Odisha

10,49,108 228

2,188 23

10,38,509 203

8,411 2

Chhattisgarh

10,06,813 34

318 0

9,92,902 34

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,785 15

193 6

9,45,637 9

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,475 40

275 13

8,17,108 27

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,170 20

119 7

7,82,523 27

10,528

Haryana

7,71,709 17

163 2

7,61,492 19

10,054

Bihar

7,26,223 4

36 3

7,16,524 7

9,663

Telangana

6,75,994 196

3,591 10

6,68,411 184

3,992 2

Assam

6,16,852 144

2,625 30

6,08,124 109

6,103 5

Punjab

6,03,279 21

325 4

5,86,352 22

16,602 3

Jharkhand

3,49,244 12

98 3

3,44,006 9

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,255 28

141 9

3,36,706 19

7,408

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,852 171

1,625 1

3,30,751 172

4,476

Himachal Pradesh

2,27,195 102

834 10

2,22,513 91

3,848 1

Goa

1,78,928 38

284 8

1,75,260 30

3,384

Mizoram

1,35,175 365

3,751 54

1,30,927 415

497 4

Puducherry

1,28,924 31

284 12

1,26,768 43

1,872

Manipur

1,25,205 36

649 6

1,22,579 40

1,977 2

Tripura

84,805 14

81 3

83,900 10

824 1

Meghalaya

84,480 19

294 9

82,713 9

1,473 1

Chandigarh

65,465 9

65 7

64,580 2

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,276 3

35 0

54,961 3

280

Sikkim

32,242 9

124 3

31,715 6

403

Nagaland

32,122 13

133 7

31,293 20

696

Ladakh

21,578 38

276 26

21,088 12

214

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

24 0

10,319

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,683

6 2

7,548 2

129

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