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Washing hands reduces child death

Dehydration caused by diarrhoea is one of the biggest causes of early childhood death.

Between November 2018 and May 2019, 185 children were admitted for the treatment of diarrhoea in the Overberg District. World Toilet Day highlights the importance of sanitation in reducing diseases, and is commemorated on 19 November.

November to May every year sees an increase in diarrhoea in younger children, especially in areas with a lack of access to clean water.

According to the National Hand Hygiene Behaviour Change Strategy of 2016 to 2020, hand washing with soap alone shows the greatest reduction in deaths from diarrhoea (more than 40%). It also prevents up to 47% of childhood diarrhoea and 23% of respiratory infections.

Make sure you and your family wash your hands with soap and clean water after using the toilet, changing nappies, before preparing meals and before eating or feeding your children.

“Dirty hands are tools of mass destruction, correct hand washing is the most powerful method of destroying bacteria, viruses and fungi,” says Beatrice Groenewald, Clinical Programme Co-ordinator: Child Health in Overberg.

Even if your home does not have running water, or if you have water restrictions, keep a plastic bottle filled with water handy so that you can rinse hands with clean water after washing. Wash toys, feeding bottles and dummies in hot, soapy water, and rinse well. If your child has diarrhoea, give them an oral hydration solution made up by mixing 1 litre of cooled boiled water with half a teaspoon of salt and eight teaspoons of sugar.

With signs of dehydration, please take them to your nearest health facility, or call an ambulance on 10177 immediately:.Vomiting (unable to keep solids or fluids down).Unable to breastfeed.Convulsions (fits).Lethargy or depressed level of consciousness.Diarrhoea with sunken eyes and a sunken head (fontanelle).Diarrhoea with blood in the stool.Chest in-drawing (chest sucking in with breathing).Your child has a cough and a rate more than 50 breaths a minute.Is under 2 months and has a fever and is not feeding well (drinking).

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