The full form of ORS is Oral Re-hydration Salts. The reason why 29th July is declared as ORS day is to spread awareness about this method which is cost effective a well as life saving.
What most of us do not know is the fact that even diarrhea can kill a baby. In fact, acute diarrhea is one factor that has increased infant mortality in some countries.
Also, the world health organisation claims that diarrhea is the major reason behind death of babies who are below five years. Yes, poor hygiene can kill children. And to save children from the dehydration caused by diarrhea, certain methods should be in place.
When diarrhea affects a person, it causes severe dehydration and drains all the salt and water from the body. This fluid loss can even kill. Therefore, hydration can save lives.
Dehydration can be conquered by drinking adequate amounts of water. Also, using oral re-hydration salt solution can save lives. This solution has become an effective tool in managing dehydration which is a result of diarrhea.
This solution tends to replace the salts that are lost during diarrhea. In order to use it, you just need to mix the contents of the ORS packet in a glass of water and make the dehydrated person drink it.
So, ORS day is mainly celebrated to spread the awareness in people of all countries so that proper measures will be taken to combat dehydration. This may reduce the rates of infant mortality.