Hand is one of the major parts of our body but we fail to give proper care towards it. Hand cleaning is an effective way to prevent diseases and save lives. If hands are dirty then a person might fall ill. It is said that if everybody just keep their hands clean then more than half of diseases can be avoided which are caused due to unhygienic conditions. However, in today’s fast paced lives people don’t pay attention towards their health. Doctor says that merely washing hands is not enough and it must be cleaned thoroughly. Usually people soak the alderman part of the fingers in the name of hand washing but it is not correct. Hand will be cleaned only when it is washed by soap, clay or ash.
Dirty hands play a vital role in spreading various kinds of infective diseases like Diarrhoea, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, swine flu, cold and fever. These diseases are caused by bacterial, fungal and viral infections. Statistics show that 80 per cent of infectious diseases are spread by touching. Moreover, we touch several things throughout the day like mobile, keyboard, currency notes, copy-pen etc. Many of us are fond of eating while working on these objects. Germ enters via unwashed hand with food in our body and diseases spread. Apart from these, children have a weak immune system, so they come early in contact of various viruses and bacteria. Children should give more attention towards cleanliness of their hands and they should also trim their nails. According to the World Health Organisation 2 million children die each year from diarrhoea in which every fifth child is an Indian. This figure can be reduced by washing hands. According to the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine 47 per cent of diarrhoea can be reduced by hand washing. Hand washing must become a routine activity.
Vivekanand V. Vimarya
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