Wash Your Hands, Please.

October 15 is Blog Action Day, a day when  thousands of bloggers from over 133 countries  are  blogging  about one issue, WATER. And October 15 is Global Handwashing Day.

The value of water… well, we all know it…it’s our life.
Among other things, water also contributes to health, … through hygiene.

Water- and sanitation-related disease,  despite being preventable, remains one of the most significant child health problems worldwide.
Unsafe water and lack of basic sanitation cause 80% of diseases and kill more people every year than all forms of violence, including war. Children are especially vulnerable, as their bodies aren’t strong enough to fight diarrhea, dysentery and other illnesses.
90% of the 42,000 deaths that occur every week from unsafe water and unhygienic living conditions are to children under five years old. Many of these diseases are preventable. The UN predicts that one tenth of the global disease burden can be prevented simply by improving water supply and sanitation.

It is also true that without water there is no hygiene. Research shows that the less readily available water is, the less likely that good hygiene will be practised in households. And hand washing would be a very uncommon practice.
Studies show that, 80 percent of infections are transmitted by direct and indirect contact, thus, hand washing is the most important thing you can do to protect yourself! And others!

Every hand you shake, every hand rail you touch, every door knob, every light switch, every counter top, every dog you pet…simply everything you touch can place dangerous germs on your hands.

The importance of hand washing can be assessed by looking at a list of germs found on human hands. Here are a few:germfarm_copy

  • Shigella flexneri…causes vomiting, headache, diarrhea
  • Streptococcus pyrogens…causes tonsillitis, sore throats, scarlet fever,impetigo
  • Salmonella … causes severe diarrhea, stomach pain, dizziness, fever
  • Rhino virus…over 200 strains causing great misery in the form of colds
  • Proteus vulgaris…urinary tract infections
  • Hepatitis A…vomiting, liver disorders, jaundice
  • Escherichia coli O157 …kidney failure, uncontrollable fever, death
  • Rotavirus …55,000 children hospitalized with this each year
  • Echovirus…meningitis, encephalitis, neonatal sepsis, myocarditis, and chronic infection
  • Coxsackie virus…sore throat, abdominal discomfort, or nausea

We all can help in the prevention of disease by promoting the importance of hand washing!
It is extremely important to wash your hands.

  • After using the washroom at home or at any public place.
  • Before as well as after eating food.
  • After visiting a patient at the hospital.
  • Before and after one starts cooking food, especially meat, fish and poultry.
  • After changing a baby’s diaper.
  • After touching pets or cleaning their feces.
  • Before touching young infants and children.
  • Before and after touching injured areas and changing the dressing of a wounded person.
  • After collecting and throwing out garbage.
  • After sneezing, coughing and blowing your nose.
  • After cleaning around the house.
  • After being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)

Hygiene is probably more necessary today than it has ever been!!
So, like it or not, but PLEASE, Wash Your Hands!!
So this Blog Action Day, take a deep drink of precious water and join a few thousand bloggers in taking action in spreading awareness and discussing the issues. After that, “Keep the discussion going,” says Change.org’s Tchijov. Working together, you might help make a difference.

PS : Part of it is a Re-Post!

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19 thoughts on “Wash Your Hands, Please.

  1. Water is indeed one of the most precious resources available to us. Life sustaining, in so many ways!

    And yes, washing hands is so very important!

    Had no idea that today was Blog action day!

  2. @ Abha : Thks Abha! 🙂
    I missed incorporating that… added it now! Thanks 🙂
    Yeah, it’s a wonderful platform to spread awareness and raise issues!! Glad to be a part of it!

    @ Smitha : Very true!
    Came to know about it on FB. You can participate now!!

  3. A very important and pertinent matter and enlightening post. Good work.
    Talking about usage and wastage of water- Once during my travel I met a Language student in Düsseldorf , Germany. She was from Siberia. I got engaged in quite a good conversation with her. And she touched on the subject of water in Siberia.She told me that in her part of Siberia water was so abundant that they virtually leave the tap running in the kitchen sink. I was in fact quite furious and wondered why they do that crime. Well we have plenty was her reply. But will the plenty be replenished for ever was what I did not ask .

  4. Shilpa: A very well researched and informative. Very true that hand washing is the single most important yet most frequently ignored/forgotten aspect of daily hygiene.

  5. Yes, a disease of dirty hands is a big problem for the world health organization, an even bigger problem for people who are daily confronted with these problems is the lack of investment in the most important pillar, a pillar of prevention focuses on prevention of these problems which certainly give a very strong seal, poverty , poverty, ignorance is not knowledge, and more with no sign. Your post was great and significant contribution to the strengthening of links prevention, and the name became a very concise. In any case thank you for the great post

  6. Hey…thats a good initiative. Of course, hygiene is one thing that has to be instilled while young. 🙂

    That list of germs really scared the hell out of me…I am washing my hands now… 😉

  7. Water, water everywhere (3/4 of earth is water) and not a drop to drink! Better hygiene definitely keeps the diseases and infections at bay. Thanks for the facts & figures. Great initiative, of spreading the word around.

  8. @ Harish : Yeah, have heard abt it… we can prevent it by taking steps today! Thks 🙂

    @ Dils se : Thank you! Very true, and it irks me to no end to see that people do not follow such a basic and simple step of hygiene and that’s washing hands! 🙁

    @ Neha : Thks Neha 🙂

    @ Kavita : Hope people do remember to wash their hands!! 😛

    @ writerzblock : Thks Pal!

    @ BK Chowla : Wow, that’s so cool!! Thank you, Mr. Chowla! 🙂

    @ Grandma’s Scrapbook : Thks 🙂

    @ Kanagu : Thks Kanagu. 🙂

    @ The Holy Lama : Deep in thought!! ??

    @ Vaish : Thanks Vaish! 🙂

    @ UmaS :Oh yes, agree completely on that! The earlier these habits are instilled, the better it is! LOL 😀

    @ RGB : Very true, RGB! Thks 🙂

    @ Reema : Thank you Reema 🙂

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