Remember the times you felt irritated at mummy for refusing you to let you eat anything or even drink a glass of water as you fell upon the sofa, managing just about enough energy to switch the TV on? After a long day at school/college you were back home and needed to relax and here your mother insisted on delivering a lecture (not again!) on proper hygiene and the importance of washing your hands.
The global campaign on World Hand Washing Day was initiated to reduce childhood mortality rates that are related to respiratory and diarrhoea inducing diseases caused by poor personal hygiene. This holds especially true when children don’t wash their hands after certain activities such as a visit to the toilet, after playing outdoors, before eating or drinking etc. Children, in their growing stages are still developing their immunity and often fall prey to such fatal infections.
The campaign believes that by introducing simple behavioral changes such as habit of washing one’s hands with soap, the spread of many a dangerous disease can be curbed and thousands of lives saved.
The simple every-day action of washing one’s hands regularly can, according to research, reduce the rate of mortality in children (from the diseases mentioned above and other fatal infections) by almost 40%
It is important that we teach our children the importance of good personal hygiene and to do so we must practice what we preach. After all, we are our children’s role models.
Things to remember for good hand hygiene –
1) Wash your hands throughly. Don’t rush through and continue to lather till it cover your palms and your hands upto to your elbows.
2) Use liquid dispensers rather than soap bars, especially in public areas, to keep the germs from spreading.
3) Use an Anti-Bacterial liquid soap and not a fancy floral or beauty soap!
4) Do not rub the lather on your hands onto your face. Wash your face only once you have completely rinsed your hands.
5) Use CLEAN water to wash your hands. Do not use stagnant water and make sure you wash your hands in a wash basin or in an area where the water can easily drain away.
6) Pat dry your hands with a fresh clean towel or dry tissues. Dispose of the tissues post use and make sure the towel is not used by multiple people.
7) In case there is scarcity of water or soap, please carry a hand sanitizer on you, everywhere you go. Surfaces such as rods in school buses, book/magazine covers and even white board chalks are teeming with dangerous bacteria.
After all, Precaution is always better than Cure!