Although many will undoubtedly make fun of UNICEF’s decision to launch a ‘hand-washing day,’ those with a bit of knowledge about the benefits of having people wash their hands regularly are likely to applaud the effort.
You see, if people would just wash their hands several times per day, thousands of lives would be saved every single day.
An estimated 5,000 children die daily from diarrhea, AFP reported, but ‘half of those deaths could be prevented if they washed their hands with soap before meals and after going to the toilet,’ according to AFP spokeswoman Veronique Taveau told AFP.
Especially children and adults in Asia and Africa could be saved if people would only wash their hands regularly, but the benefits of washing hands would also be apparent in the West. As PoliGazette reported last week, $30 billion could be saved in the United States if hospitals would force their employees to wash their hands regularly.
As such, the initiative of UNICEF should be encouraged. Sometimes, easy, common sense solutions actually work.