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Why Is Hand Washing So Important?

Why Is Hand Washing So Important?

by: Dr. Sanjay K. Tandon
Sr. Consultant Paediatrics & Neonatology Paras Bliss, New Delhi

Keeping your hands clean is important to prevent the spread of infections. It is also important for personal hygiene and is the simplest way to ensure health. Although we hear a lot about hand hygiene, it is yet to be incorporated as an important practice in everyday life. More than 1000 neonates doe each day in India due to diarrhea caused due to unhealthy hand hygiene practices of the mother.

Ways Through Which Germs Spread:

Touching dirty hands, changing dirty diapers, through contaminated water and food, through droplets in the air released during a cough or sneeze, on contaminated surfaces, through contact with a sick person’s body fluids etc.

Hand washing is the simplest way to prevent spreading of infection: 

  • Prevents spread of infection: Washing your hands is the best strategy for preventing the spread of infection. Appropriately washing your hands evacuates the dirt and germs that can be spread to others. Having clean hands is critical in light of the fact that individuals regularly utilize their hands to touch their eyes, nose, and mouth. Contact with these regions gives germs, similar to the influenza infection, access to within the body where they can cause disease.
  • Keep your hands clean: We should always wash your hands before eating, after using the toilet, and after touching anything that may be soiled or have a high probability of being contaminated with germs. Washing your hands additionally keeps the spread of skin and eye diseases.
  • Wash your hands while handling raw meat, fruits and vegetables: It is imperative to wash your hands, particularly in the wake of taking care of raw meat or using the toilet. A noteworthy advantage of ensuring your hands are perfectly clean is that it helps keep you sound and healthy. It likewise keeps nature around you clean, which keeps germs from spreading to others.

Washing and drying your hands is a basic safeguard measure that can be taken to help fight off disease. The healthier you are, the less likely you will have to go for expensive medical treatment at a hospital or emergency care clinic. Utilizing a bar or cleanser to wash your hands is a cheap method for saving your health and the health of everyone around you.

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