Zimbabwe has today commemorated this year’s Global Hand Washing Day at a time the nation is saddled with the cholera pandemic which has so far claimed 54 lives since its beginning in September.

The Global Hand Washing Day is an annual day dedicated to increasing awareness and education on the importance of hand washing with soap or ash as an effective and affordable way to save lives and prevent diseases.

This year’s edition is running under the theme: ‘Kick Out Cholera,’ which sends a clear message to the general populace in the country as the nation is still in the process of fighting the cholera epidemic which has so far claimed 54 lives since the beginning of September.

In an interview after the commemorations which were held at Glenview 3 Primary School, the Principal Education Director in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Mr Peter Muzawazi, who was representing the Minister, Professor Paul Mavima, appealed to all community leaders, local government authorities, parents, school children and communities to embrace the culture of hand washing with running water and soap or ash to prevent diseases.

“We appeal to all community leaders, local government authorities, parents, school children and communities to embrace the culture of hand washing with water and soap to prevent diseases,” he said.

Global Hand Washing Day was initiated by the Global Hand Washing Partners in 2008 to improve hand washing habits.