ORS Day - Best Time to Reduce the Mortality Rate of Children


ORS Day is held every year on 29th July to highlight the importance of Oral Rehydration Salts (ORS) as a cost-effective method of health intervention. Acute diarrhoeal diseases are one of the leading causes of mortality in infants and young children in many developing countries. ORS’s – Oral Rehydration Solutions – are used to correct and prevent dehydration in young children. The solutions contains the right mixture of minerals such as sugar, potassium, salt, etc. which all help replace body fluids lost by children who have diarrhea or are vomiting.

World ORS Day – The Objectives

We simply want you to know the objectives so that complications and illnesses among young children can be reduced. So, ORS day is mainly celebrated to spread the awareness in people of all countries so that appropriate measures will be taken to combat dehydration. This may reduce the rates of infant mortality. When marking the day, people are educated about and encouraged to: 

Recognize symptoms of dehydration.

Ensure that enough water taken in to prevent dehydration.

Urinate constantly to rid the body of unwanted waste, toxins and fat.

Stay healthy by drinking plenty of water, as water is mostly free and good for the body.

How to Make an Oral Rehydration Salts Drink (ORS) ?

Put the contents of the ORS packet in a clean container. Check the packet for directions and add the amount of clean water as instructed. Too little water may make the diarrhoea worse.

Add water only. Do not add ORS to milk, soup, fruit juice or any soft drinks. Do not add sugar.

Stir well, and feed it to the child from a clean cup. Do not use a bottle.

What you can do during ORS Day ?

The following are some of the things you can do during the day:

You can spread the word by using the internet and let everybody know how serious is protecting the health of your child. ORS Day is important in keeping your child well hydrated.

Research, develop and test new prevention and control strategies.

Promote investments and policies for dehydration cases and complications management.

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