Clean hands saves lives

Sunday Trust - - TAMBARI - by HAFSAH ABUBAKAR MATAZU With ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion from the in­ter­net

Hand wash­ing is one of the most cru­cial things that keep one healthy, yet the most ne­glected. Clean hands are key to pre­vent­ing many in­fec­tious dis­eases and to avoid be­com­ing sick of­ten.

Viruses and bac­te­ria can eas­ily spread when hands are not washed cor­rectly and fre­quently. In fact, it may shock you to know that your hands are the dirt­i­est and bac­te­ria-packed part of your body, yet it is what you use to eat and do ev­ery­thing.

Ac­cord­ing to Dr. Muham­mad Umar of Gen­eral Hospi­tal Bwari, the most com­mon ill­nesses you can get if you don’t keep your hands clean in­clude gas­troen­teri­tis, di­ar­rhea, res­pi­ra­tory in­fec­tions, flu, worm in­fes­ta­tion and even ty­phoid.

To stay healthy, wash­ing your hands prop­erly is the most im­por­tant thing you can make a habit. So how do you do it ef­fec­tively?

- Wet them with warm wa­ter

- Ap­ply soap, or prefer­ably, an an­tibac­te­rial hand-wash and lather them well for at least 30 sec­onds.

- Rinse very well and dry with tis­sue. It is best not to use a towel as it is also prone to bac­te­ria.

Also, us­ing a hand sani­tiser on vis­i­bly un­clean hands doesn’t do much. Wash­ing them is still very im­por­tant, no mat­ter how many times a day you may use a hand sani­tiser.

Although we have stated how fre­quently you should wash your hands, it is more im­por­tant to en­sure es­pe­cially when you are pre­par­ing food, be­fore you eat, af­ter leav­ing a hospi­tal or at­tend­ing to an ill per­son, af­ter us­ing the toi­let, touch­ing an­i­mals or shak­ing hands with peo­ple. You would never know what bac­te­ria and viruses you may have con­tacted dur­ing th­ese in­ter­ac­tions. So, in or­der to pre­vent in­fec­tion or giv­ing it to some­one else, wash your hands.

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