World Hand Hygiene Day takes place on 5 May. The day is declared by the World Health Organisation (WHO) and encourages everyone to join health workers in their efforts to practice good hand hygiene.

According to WHO, every year, hundreds of millions of people around the world are affected by healthcare-associated infections. More than half of these infections could be prevented by caregivers properly cleaning their hands at key moments in patient care, individuals washing their hands regularly and teaching children to the importance of hand washing.

St Benedict School is one of the schools which teaches learners from a very young age on how to wash their hands and why it is important to do so.

Primary school head, Gillian Rayner said, “At our school, we teach children in the lower grades not only how to wash their hands but how important the routine is.

“This is because it helps to stop the spread of infections and diseases. Children who understand this principle will remain healthy and thus have less visits to healthcare professionals and their educational journey will not be hampered by illness.”