ROME: “Hand hygiene is one of the most effective actions you can take to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the Covid-19 virus,” the World Health Organisation says on its website on the occasion of the World Hand Hygiene Day which is celebrated on May 5. 

According to The Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (Ansa), a leading wire service in Italy, the day underscores the role everyone can play in preventing infection, washing their hands in a regular and frequent way, and mobilses people around the world to increase the adherence to this effective, but simple and cheap, instrument of prevention. 

As part of the 2020 campaign, the WHO aims to make it a “global priority” and urges a “change in behaviour”.  

Anyone can support the campaign by promoting the information material present on the organization’s portal, taking part in the #SafeHandsChallenge, launched on social media a few weeks ago, or also taking a photo and sharing it under the hashtag #HandHygiene. 

Particular attention is given, on the occasion of the day devoted to them, to nurses and obstetricians. The WHO urges everyone to applaud them, at noon on May 5, to thank them and recognise their fundamental role in furnishing health care attentive to hygiene. – Bernama