Washing hands has been a traditionally serious hygiene routine in Indian families since ages. Right from the grannies to mommies and elder sisters, kids have been the primary recipients of this directive – Go, Wash Your Hands … And while writing this post, I can recollect umpteen advertorials and videos urging kids to maintain correct hygiene by keeping their hands clean. But are kids the only ones who tend to dirty their hands? Let’s see…
Simple Steps To Wash Your Hands
Before we debate over the extent to which adults take this hygiene step seriously, let me illustrate how simple and easy it is to keep hands clean… when indoors or when outdoors, with water or without.
- Keep a hand hygiene solution with you always
- When you have access to water
- Simply wet your hands
- Take a paper soap leaf from your pocket
- Foam up good lather by rubbing your hands
- See that lather covers all sections of each hand
- Give your hands a good scrub for some seconds
- When you don’t have access to water
- Simply take out our hand sanitizer
- Squeeze out some drops on the palm of your hand
- Rub the liquid on all parts of your hand(s)
It’s that simple!
Fearsome Cost Of Not Washing Hands
Not maintaining this simple hygienic habit can result into visits to your doctor or a healthcare center. And the cost of doing that is certainly quite high, especially when compared to using paper soap strips or hand sanitizer, isn’t it?
And to quote how serious this can be, here’s what Victoria State Government website (betterhealth.vic.gov.au) has got to say – There are a number of infections and diseases that can spread from person to person due to contaminated hands. These diseases include gastrointestinal infections, such as Salmonella, and respiratory infections, such as influenza. And washing your hands properly can help prevent the spread of the germs (like bacteria and viruses) that cause these diseases.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), upto 70% of health workers – “Do Not” – follow the recommended hand hygiene habits. And one of the main reasons is the absence of proper health facilities, of safe water, sanitation, and hygiene related infrastructure. This is one of the possible causes that’s leading to the death of over 30,000 women and 4,00,000 babies every year, worldwide… from infections often caused by lack of water, sanitation and poor hand-washing practices.
Adults Are Expected To Keep Hands Clean, But
It take only a handful of seconds to wash hands and costs next to nothing. Yet, the above quote from WHO cites how 70% of health workers do not following this practice.
Another study by researchers at “The School of Hospitality Business Michigan State University” found that 95% of adults – DO NOT – wash their hands properly! That’s after the focus group used the bathroom and either
1. Didn’t wash their hands long enough to kill the germs that can cause infections, or
2. Whopping 33 percent didn’t use soap, or
3. Atleast 10 percent didn’t wash their hands at all
4. While the men were particularly bad at washing their hands correctly
Concerned About Hand Hygiene?
Take a quick survey of your immediate family members to see what hand hygiene practices they follow. This may help you put to rest a lot of germs that can cause infections and affect the health of your family members.
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