Hand Washing

INTRODUCTION

  • Infection control experts advise that generally, hand-washing is the single most effective way to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses which cause infectious disease
  • Hand-washing is a simple and effective choice that everyone can make multiple times a day. Hand sanitizers supplement is good, but do not replace hand-washing with soap and water.

WHAT IS THE RIGHT WAY TO WASH YOUR HANDS?

It takes about 40 – 60 seconds to wash hands effectively. Follow these simple steps:

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the “Happy Birthday” song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them

WHEN SHOULD YOU WASH YOUR HANDS?

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone who is sick
  • Before and after treating a cut or wound
  • After using the toilet
  • After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
  • After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
  • After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
  • After touching garbage

CONCLUSION

Good hygiene practices must become a habit.

Choose Hand-Washing today and everyday…Choose Health!

The power is in your hands!

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