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Your health is in your hands

Handwashing is no joke ...


You may be surprised to know that a Global Hand-Washing Day (GHD) exists and that was created by the Global Public-Private Partnership for Hand-Washing on October 15, 2008 with the objective of supporting the global culture of hand-washing with soap and to raise awareness about the benefits of hand-washing. Though, this was meant for schools and children, now over 200 million people in over 100 countries are celebrating this event for over a week with hand-hygiene promoting activities, programs, posters etc.

This year’s Global Hand-Washing Day gave the message “Clean Hands Save Lives.”

The Centers of Disease Control (CDC) says “Keeping hands clean is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of infection and illness.”

How do hands spread infection?

When we come into contact with germs that are found in millions, almost on every surface we touch, we unknowingly spread these germs causing infection into our eyes, nose, or mouth and once they are infected, and within a short time we fall sick, and our whole family can fall sick of the same illness!. Children happen to be the most vulnerable germ-catching and germ-spreading category. One may pass on the infection through sneezing or coughing (droplets). Unclean hands or impure water can pass germs to food prepared by him or her. Germs can be spread to us by coming into contact with sweat, saliva or blood of infected persons. It is obvious that our hands happen to be the main source of germ-carriers and hence a good hand-washing becomes the first line of defense against the spread of many illnesses right from the common cold to more serious illnesses such as infectious-types of diarrhea, meningitis, bronchial infections, influenza, hepatitis A etc., We can spread germs from raw meat to raw salad through our hands. We must be careful while dealing with fecal matter because even a very small fragment of contamination on our hands is enough to cause a serious infection. It is even prudent to think twice before shaking hands with people or simply remember to wash off the germs afterwards at the earliest. Though, soap and water is the best for hand-washing, now one has the liberty to use alcohol-based hand sanitizers too.

By the way, you may already be washing your hands however are you spending 20 seconds to wash your hands each time? If the answer is no, then hereafter sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice in front of the wash basin to make-up those 20 seconds. Not only the amount of time you take for hand-washing is important you need to learn the right method and frequency for washing hands. The following video provides you information on the right techniques to use for washing your hands.

Let us improve our hand-washing and work towards a “Hygienic, Healthy, Happy New Year.”

Watch the informational Video: Learn the right techniques to wash your hands

Watch the music Video: Wash 'em : based on Micheal Jackson's "Beat it" tune

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