Pakistani students have set a new Guinness World Record as 1,636 students from various schools in Karachi participated in a hand-washing activity, held in connection with Global Handwashing Day, observed worldwide on October 15.
Earlier, the world record for the most participants in a hand-washing relay was set by India when around 1,410 students had participated in a hand-washing activity in 2015 in India.
But on Saturday, as many as 1,636 Pakistani students set the new Guinness World Record at an activity organized by the a soap company at a super store in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area to emphasise the importance of hand washing, which according to experts, prevents a person from hundreds of communicable diseases.
Speaking about the activity, Shahzeb Mehmood, a host of the event, said that every year, Pakistan lost approximately 53,000 children to diarrhoea – a disease that is preventable through the simple act of hand washing.
“With over 1,600 students taking part in the hand washing relay today, we hope to take this
message across Pakistan and instil the habit of washing hands among children.
“We are committed to saving these lives and with the support of the government, NGOs, schools and each and every citizen of Pakistan, we can be successful in this endeavour.”
Guinness World Records adjudicator Seyda Subasi-Gemici said on the occasion: “We congratulate Pakistani students on their new Guinness World Record’s title. Engaging so many people in such a fantastic event is a truly impressive achievement.”
Celebrity mothers Nadia Hussain, Sarwat Gilani and Momal Sheikh were present at the activity with their children.
Marking the occasion, Sarwat Gillani said: “Globally, one child dies of diarrhoea every minute. This is a disease that can be fought by the simple act of hand washing.”
Courtesy: The News