Hand washing & Hand Hygiene plays an important role in day to day life. The habit of frequent hand washing, washes away 90 -95 % bacteria, viruses & other germs from our hands, thus preventing us from various diseases, like common cold to the more serious illnesses, such as meningitis, flu, Hepatitis A, Typhoid fever and most types of infectious diarrhea.
We all carry significant bacteria and other germs on our hands due to day to day activities, knowingly or unknowingly e.g. as a result of touching our pet animals, coughing, sneezing, using toilet, while changing baby diaper, caring of a sick person, etc.
The load of bacteria & other germs is highest in hospitals & nursing home because of:
WHO – 5 Moments of Hand Hygiene- The points that highlight that you need to wash your hands immediately before doing anything are:
Hand washing is equally important outside the hospital environment i.e. In your homes, office, schools (most important) Public places, Railway stations, Bus stands, Restaurant, Hotels, etc.
There is a big list as to when you should wash your hands, the important ones are:
How to Wash Your Hands
Alternative to Hand Washing
Hand washing is the best way to clean your hands of various bacteria, viruses and other germs. But if this facility is not available, like – outside your home, while travelling etc.
Then alcohol based hand sanitizers containing 60 -95 % of alcohol, can be used, Hand sanitizers do not eliminate all types of germs & are not as effective, when hands are visibly dirty or greasy.
You should keep Hand Sanitizers in your cars, purses & bags.
How to use Hand Sanitizers
School Children should be especially educated, about the benefits of hand washing and risk of getting serious infections and diseases on not following the habit of hand hygiene. There should be compulsory hand washing for school children, before – after meals & at regular interval.
Don’t underestimate the power & benefits of Hand washing. The little money & time you spend at the sink, could save your many trips to Doctor’s clinic & Hospitals.