Global Hand washing Day-A A +A
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
OCTOBER 15 is marked as the ‘Global Hand washing Day.’
According to the Public Private Partnership for Hand washing (PPPHW), the global hand washing day has been created to campaign at raising awareness of hand washing with soap and water as a key approach to disease prevention.
Various sources share that originally global hand washing day was created for children and schools but can be celebrated by anyone promoting hand washing with soap.
Furthermore, the World Health Organization informs that the first ever global hand washing day took place last October 15, 2008 that has mobilized millions of people in more than 20 countries across five continents to wash their hands with soap and water.
The official site of the Global Hand washing Day shares the following facts that people should know of when hand washing with soap and water:
(1) Washing hands with water alone is not enough;
(2) Hand washing with soap and water can prevent diseases that kill millions of children every year;
(3) The critical moments for washing with soap and water are after using the toilet or cleaning a child and before handling food;
(4) Hand washing with soap is the single most cost-effective way of health intervention; and
(5) Children can be agents of this change in behavior.
In healthcare practice, Barbara Kozier and associates write in the ‘Fundamentals of Nursing: Concepts, Process and Practice’ that hand washing is one of the most effective infection control measures.
They recommend that healthcare providers including their patients to wash their hands at the following occasions to prevent the spread of microorganisms: before eating, after using bedpan or toilet, and after the hands have come in contact with anybody substances like sputum or drainage from wound.
In general, they inform that any healthcare worker should wash their hands before and after giving care of any kind to patients.
This may be the reason why in schools of health professions like nursing and midwifery, the first procedure or clinical skill that is taught among many others is the correct way of hand washing.
While there are no consensus as to the right techniques of hand washing, most health experts share that it is best to cover wet hands with soap and scrub all surfaces including palms, back of the hand, between the fingers, and the finger nails.
Others recommend that Hand washing should be done in at least 20 seconds or by singing “Happy Birthday song” twice while washing the hands to ensure that the whole process is done in 20 seconds.
Afterward, the hands should be dried using a clean towel or by shaking hands in the air.
Beyond demonstrating the correct technique are the benefits that are derived from hand washing.
Aside from having clean hands, the person who practices regular hand washing may prevent contracting certain communicable diseases like diarrhea and sore eyes.
While others argue that alcohol can be substituted to hand washing, most health researches refute this claim explaining that there is no other substitute to a good hand washing practice.
So next time, never underestimate the value of good hand washing practices.
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Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on October 15, 2013.