By: Saloni Bhatia
Cleanliness is the foremost and one of most basic things that one should know. You might feel tad weird to know that there are still many who do not realise the importance of cleanliness. It is because of the untidy ways that diseases, some even fatal in nature, arise. The simplest thing to do to keep healthy and clean is washing hands.
Hand washing, also known as hand hygiene, is the act of cleaning hands for the purpose of removing soil, dirt and microorganisms. If water and soap is not available, hands can be cleaned with ash instead.
What is Medical hand hygiene?
Medical hand hygiene refers to hygiene practices related to medical procedures. Hand washing before administering medicine or medical care can prevent or minimize the spread of disease.
The main medical purpose of washing hands is to cleanse the hands of pathogens and chemicals which can cause harm or disease. This is especially important for people who handle food or work in the medical field, but also important practice for the general public.
Hand washing has the following health benefits:
- Helps minimise the spread of influenza
- Diarrhoea prevention
- Avoiding respiratory infections
- Preventive measure for infant deaths at their home birth deliveries
- Improved hand washing practices have been shown to lead to small improvements in the length growth in children under five years of age
Rotaract Club of Jagannath International Management School, Vasant Kunj took initiative to spread awareness about washing hands in slums
- Promoting soap for a healthy and clean life
Children often hear parents or teachers reminding them to wash their hands throughout the day, but adults could use some reminding as well. Keeping in mind some of the major health benefits of hand washing may help you commit to the practice.
- Be aware, wash with care
This caption explains how important is the correct choice for a good brand of soap so that it doesn’t ruin your healthy skin. Washing hands with good quality soap lower the risk of having diarrhea and developing intestinal infections, an important benefit, particularly for children. It may also prevent complications connected to intestinal worms.
- Break germ cycle
Our skin is bombarded daily with influences such as scorching sun, drying winds, biting cold and hot weather, bacteria and dirt, our distant ancestors learned quickly that preserving the health of skin is a way for better and longer life.
- Hand hygiene makes you feel clean
Washing with soap and not just water is vital to proper hygiene. This is because while water is powerful at rinsing away dirt, it can easily remove soil or organisms that are attached to the hands.
- In all the lands, wash your hands
Infectious diseases continue to be a health challenge and economic burden within our communities. Though effective hand hygiene education is critical, there has been a steady decline in hygiene promotion, especially for slum population.
- Life is in your hands, wash them properly
Proper hand hygiene is the single most important, simplest and least expensive means of reducing the spread of antimicrobial resistance. Hand hygiene is the cornerstone of infection prevention and control (IPC). Poor compliance with hand hygiene practices remains a challenge for IPC practitioners all over the world.
- Use the soap, don’t be a dope
Soaps are those substances when dissolved in water have the ability to remove dirt from surfaces like the human skin, textiles and other solid surfaces. Soaps are salts of sodium or potassium of higher fatty acids. Soaps are used mainly for bathing, washing and cleaning.
- Wash, it’s your duty
Even though effective hand hygiene is a crucial part of flu and dirt prevention, the sad reality is that many people do not wash adequately or frequently enough. In situations with limited water supply, there is water- conserving solutions, such as “tippy-taps” and other low-cost options.
- Wash for happiness
Cleanliness is next to happiness. Germs are impossible to avoid, even in some of the cleanest places. Know what you have touched, and be aware of where your hands are about to go.
Example: If you’re at the supermarket and touching a germy cart, don’t grab a grape for a taste because you will transfer the germs from the cart to your mouth.
Harshit Seth, Vice President of Rotaract Club of JIMS, Vasant Kunj shares his words of wisdom:
I am glad to share that Rotaract club of JIMS, Vasant Kunj took initiative to spread awareness on washing hands in slums near Vasant Kunj.
The people there were so keen to learn the benefits of paper soaps.
We distributed paper soaps to the entire slum and encouraged them to use paper soaps before and after they prepare food, going to washroom etc.
We as the part of Rotaract club take this initiative to improve the hygiene level of slum entirely!