Global Hand-washing Day was organized by BCT at Primary, Upper Primary and High Schools in 22 villages across 6 mandals of Visakhapatnam district.
The event that was held on October 15, featured a hand-washing demo and students were told about the importance of personal hygiene and clean surroundings.
They were told that 80% of diseases can be avoided by consuming safe drinking water, stopping water stagnation, proper treatment of solid waste, arresting open defecation and washing hands at critical times. The students were also motivated to not only inculcate these habits but also share the learnings with their parents and families.
A rally was held with students from each of the villages as well. The program was attended by Secretary Sri B Sri Ram Murty, Joint Secretary Sri N Somayajulu, and Community Coordinator Mrs. K Prabhavati. Community Organizers, Villagers and Common Action Group members participated in this event along with the students. Slogans like ‘Clean hands, healthy life’, ‘Your health is in your hands’, ‘Chetulu Subram, Aarogyam Bhadram’ (health is protected with clean hands) were raised at the villages during the rally.
Following this, a small get together was organized at school premises. The event was also held at the BCT Residential High School. ANM's and Asha workers gave demonstrations on handwashing, while the school staff and students participated enthusiastically.