Handwashing  the way to go in covid-19 battle  

20Oct 2021
The Guardian Reporter
The Guardian
Handwashing  the way to go in covid-19 battle  

PROPER  managed water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) services can play an essential part of preventing and protecting human health during infectious disease outbreaks and reduce deaths by 32-percent, it has been said.

Dar es Salaam Regional Medical Officer Dr Rashid Mfaume made the remarks last week when he received handwashing equipment from WaterAid which have been donated to various public  centres in Dar es Salaam as part of commemoration for the international hand washing day.

The equipment worth 144m/- have been located at hospitals of Mwananyamala, Temeke, Magufuli bus terminal, Msasani primary school and the office of the Regional Commissioner.Dr Mfaume said handwashing was among one of the most cost-effective strategies for increasing pandemic preparedness, especially in resource-constrained settings, and investing in core public health infrastructure, including water and sanitation systems.He however said currently there are more Tanzanians who are washing hands but the big question remains how proper are they doing it.“When you wash your hands properly you reduce the chances of contracting diseases by 35-percent mostly diarrhea, Cholera and Dysentery,” he said.For her part Country Director for WaterAid Anna Mzinga said the donated equipment will go a long way into complementing the efforts to combat covid-19 pandemic.

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