Lather up for global handwashing day
MANSFIELD Shire residents are being urged to lather up in the lead up to Global Handwashing Day.
A new survey revealed a worrying lack of hand hygiene on the back of this record flu season.
The national study, commissioned by Palmolive, revealed that over 40 per cent of Victorians fail to wash their hands after sneezing, coughing or blowing their nose, thus risking the spread of germs among family, friends and co-workers.
Also of concern was that 57 per cent of Victorians fail to wash their hands after handling money, a rate far higher than in the United States where just 45 per cent of people believe washing hands is essential after touching money.
In the wake of this data, Palmolive is encouraging Mansfield Shire residents to reconsider their hand hygiene habits in the lead up to Global Handwashing Day, which takes place on Sunday, October 15.
Designed for pre-school teachers to educate children on the importance of handwashing for their overall health, the program is a worldwide hand hygiene program.
Since the program launched in Australia and New Zealand in 2009, the program has reached over 1.8 million preschool children and their families.
Kate Hickey, Palmolive Clean Hands Good Health ambassador says effective hand hygiene is vital in stopping the spread of germs.
“It is important that Mansfield Shire children learn proper handwashing and hand hygiene habits at a young age to ensure good hand hygiene habits are carried throughout their lives,” Ms Hickey said.
“While most of us wash our hands every day, many aren’t practising hand hygiene properly or enough due to time-constraints or lack of insight as to when, where and how they should be doing so.”
While it is recommended that individuals wash their hands for 20 seconds with soap, 79 per cent of Victorians are washing their hands for 15 seconds or less.
Furthermore, approximately a quarter of Victorians say they don’t wash their hands every-time after using the toilet.
Learning the correct way to wash hands at a young age is the best way for Mansfield Shire children to establish a life-long healthy handwashing routine that will safeguard them from infections, germs and nasty bacteria.
“As we approach Global Handwashing Day, we encourage all Mansfield Shire parents and teachers to educate themselves and their children and students on the importance of hand hygiene,” Ms Hickey said.
“By improving our collective handwashing habits we can work together to reduce the spread of germs and diseases such as the flu and the common cold.”
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