National Handwashing Awareness Week 2019: Importance Of Hand Hygiene At Home And School

This National Handwashing Awareness Week, We Are Telling You The Factors Influencing Handwashing Behaviour At Home And School.

Tavishi Dogra
Written by: Tavishi DograPublished at: Dec 07, 2019Updated at: Dec 07, 2019
National Handwashing Awareness Week 2019: Importance Of Hand Hygiene At Home And School

There has been a steady decline in hygiene promotion, especially in the home and school. Moreover, the factors influencing handwashing behaviour at home include nuclear families. It is seen that working parents cannot give time to their kids are taken care of by the caretaker, who rarely teach such habits to them.

Factors influencing handwashing behaviour in primary school

  • Time: Lack of time was reported as a reason for why pupils and teachers may not wash their hands properly, or at all.
  • Facilities: Lack of washbasin and availability of soaps and tissue papers led to poor hand hygiene practices.
  • Encouragement and reminders
  • Education and information

When and How to Wash Your Hands?

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The CDC (2015) provides these practical handwashing guidelines:

  • Before, during, and after preparing food
  • Before eating food
  • Before and after caring for someone at home who is sick with vomiting or diarrhoea
  • 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 handling pet food or pet treats
  • After touching garbage

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Here's what can schools do to help?

  • Celebrating hand hygiene week in schools and having competition on hand hygiene can influence children.
  • Hand washing could be improved in schools by providing clean, attractive facilities with nice soap and effective hand drying options, as well as facilities in classrooms so that teachers and pupils do not need to leave the class to wash their hands.

(With inputs from Dr Mayuri.K.S. MBBS, MD[Gold Medalist], MIPC, Consultant Microbiologist/'Infection Control Officer, Sparsh Hospital Yeshwanthpur).

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