Handwashing- A Step Closer To Better Health

by Julia Samuel on Oct 14 2017 10:48 AM

Handwashing- A Step Closer To Better Health
Washing hands is a common practice for many and we do it unintentionally before we handle food or after and before we use the rest room. //
This practice is one of the healthiest and easiest ways to prevent food borne illness and digestive discomforts. But the key is to use a soap or a hand sanitizer every time we wash our hands.

As the world celebrates annual Global Handwashing Day let us remember that by washing hands we do not only practice good hygiene standards but we are also eliminating the spread of water-borne diseases that can cause diarrhea and other diseases while protecting those we come into contact with.

This is a global call to help improve the health of especially children which in turn improve their school attendance and academic performance.

The campaign is aimed at motivating and mobilising millions around the world to wash their hands with soap to reduce childhood mortality rates related to respiratory and diarrheal diseases.

The aim of the campaign is to:
  • Promote a balanced national handwashing programming framework
  • Raise awareness of handwashing with soap as the most effective and inexpensive way to reduce the spread of disease
  • Reduce government expenditure on health (when less people contract communicable diseases, less money will be used by government to provide free vaccines)
  • Focus on sanitation, water quality and hygiene at the household level

Six Simple Steps To Wash Hands

Diarrhoea, Cholera, Typhoid fever and trachoma are some of the diseases caused by bad hygiene practices. We can all fight these diseases by following six simple steps when washing our hands:

Step 1:Wet hands and apply soap well then rub hands together
Step 2:Rub the back of both hands
Step 3:Interlace fingers and rub hands together
Step 4:Interlock fingers and rub the back of fingers of both hands
Step 5Rub thumb in a rotating manner followed by the area between the index fingers and thumb for both hands
Step 6: Rub fingertips on palm of both hands. Dry hands thoroughly with a clean towel or paper towel. While washing our hands with running water and soap, we also need to be mindful of our current water situation. Once again, this encourages us to do more with less.