Diarrhoea: A killer of child

LALITPUR: Second Global Handwashing Day (SGHWD) was observed today across the nation amidst a variety of programmes.

In an event organised in the capital to mark the day, Bijaya Kumar Gachhadar, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Physical Planning and Works said that the new government would ensure water and sanitation as fundamental rights of every citizen in the upcoming constitution.

“The practice of washing hands with soap has lesson due to lack of awareness among people,” Minister Gachhadar said.

He underlined the need for a public-private partnership in raising such awareness and make the use of soap and safe drinking water accessible in all parts of the country.

He, however, acknowledged that the government was not able to

fulfil the need of safe drinking water in all parts of the country.

Gillian Mellsop, country representative, UNICEF, said that handwashing is the most effective and inexpensive way to save lives from various diseases.

“Globally, more than 3.5 million children under five years are dying every year due to diarrhoea and pneumonia,” she said.

In Nepal, she said, 10,500 children under five years die of diarrhoeal disease. Citing studies,

she said that a simple

act of washing hands

with soap and water could reduce the incidence of

diarrhoeal cases by 50

per cent. “Global handwashing has been globally recognised as simple

life saving procedure,”

she said.

Underlining the need to spread the message among all Nepalis, she said children could be

effective medium to bring about changes in their

behaviour and everyday practices.