With the Global Handwashing Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, schools and other organisations observed the day with different events on Thursday.
The Oulgaret Municipality organised a hand washing event in the morning. A temporary hand wash with more than 10 taps was set up near the Rajiv Gandhi signal. Oulgaret Municipality Commissioner M.S. Ramesh led the initiative and encouraged passers-by to wash their hands by showing them the right way to do it.
The Global Handwashing Day founded by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing is an annual event aimed at understanding the importance of washing hands with soap to prevent diseases, according to the Global Public-Private Partnership for Handwashing website.
The theme for this year is ‘Raise a hand for hygiene.’
A hand washing event was also organised at Sinnatha Government Girls’ Higher Secondary School, Muthialpet, apart from other schools in the town. Schools also observed the birth anniversary of Kalam with prayer meetings. A bust of Kalam was installed at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Jipmer campus, by the Rotary Club of Pondicherry Beach Town. Students of the school also contributed to the costs of the bust.