PV Desk : SDG Youth Forum held a two-day program on the occasion of World Handwashing Day with the slogan “I will be clean and tidy, I want to create a beautiful environment”, “Make a habit of hand washing, stay healthy and keep healthy”.

SDG Youth Forum distributed awareness campaigns and hand washing soap in several slum areas of the city, including the densely populated slum area adjacent to Jhautla Bazar under Khulshi Station recently.

World Hand Washing Day is celebrated on 15th October every year to build regular hand washing habits and awareness. The theme of the day is “Hand Hygiene for All”. This year’s theme emphasizes the practice of hand washing with soap for a healthier future.

Chowdhury Farid, General Secretary of Chittagong Press Club, inaugurated the program under the chairmanship of Noman Ullah Bahar, President of SDG Youth Forum and Minhazur Rahman Shihab, Office Secretary. Former Vice Chancellor of USTC and Professor of Public Health Prof. Dr. Prabhat Chandra Barua was the Chief Guest. The keynote speaker was Md. Jahan Uddin, Officer, Kotwali Zone, Department of Youth Development. Welcoming remarks were made by Sheikh Imran Hossain, Manager, Department of Travel and Logistics, Asian University for Women.

Special guests were Sohail Akter Khan, Program Manager, Obat Helpers, AR Bahadur Bahar, Writer and Social Worker, Md. Shawkat Arafat, President, Volunteers for Bangladesh, Chattogram Division, GM Taosif, Founder President, Tarunner Protik Bangladesh, Md. Ahsan Ullah Khan, General Secretary, Chandanish Student Association General Secretary Abdul Mannan Hridoy, Obat Primary School Assistant Headmaster Israt Parveen and President Md. Imran.

Prof. Dr. Prabhat Chandra Barua said that we always touch our eyes and nose with dirty hands. This makes it easier for germs to enter our hands. Unhealthy habits of preparing or eating food with unclean hands. Not cleaning your hands properly after using the toilet is the cause of many diseases. To ensure sustainable development, health care for all is important and hand hygiene is essential.

In his inaugural address, Chowdhury Farid thanked the SDG Youth Forum at the outset for choosing such a densely populated and backward slum area in the city as its venue. He said there is no substitute for being aware of regular hand washing as part of personal health protection.

Edited By-SPT