11th October, 2010 Knowing own ‘hand’ is the single most health care measure that might reduce the infant mortality rate to a phenomenal extent in the country. Commemorating Global Hand washing Day, North East Social Trust (NEST) organized a series of awareness programs in Golaghat, Sibsagarh and Sonitpur districts of Assam and educating around 1,00,000 children across 1000 schools of these districts.
“The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that diarrhea and respiratory infections are responsible for two-thirds of child deaths” Mr. Dwipen Das, the coordinator of the program in the Golaghat district said in a Global Hand washing Day launching program organized in Town Balika Nimna Buniadi Prarthamik Vidayalaya. Around 600 students of 9 neighboring schools gathered in this launching program.
Mr. Ananta Kumar Baruah, Additional Deputy Commissioner of the district inaugurated the program and reiterated the UNICEF’s estimation that diarrhea alone kills one child every 30 seconds. Every year more than 3.5 million children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. ‘These figures are extremely unwanted and a challenge for our civilization’ mentioned by Mr. Ramen Phukan, District Elementary Education officer.
“Five steps of Hand-washing is the key to revert this development challenge” said by Mr. Tasaduk Ariful Hussain and demonstrated the five steps to all the children present there who in turn went for a mass hand-washing in the spot following the five scientific steps determined by UNICEF. Hand-washing interrupts the transmission of disease agents and so can significantly reduce diarrhea and respiratory infections, as well as skin infections and trachoma.
Sharba Shiksha Abhijan Mission is fully supportive to this initiative and the DPO (TT), DPO (CM) and ABRCC of the East education block of Golaghat Ditrict were present in the program.
A similar launching program was organized in Nazira block of Sibsagarh District and Gabharu Block of Sonitpur district also where hundreds of school children from different schools participated along with the members of School Management Committee, Parents, Anganwadi Workers, ASHA workers etc.