1000 Flowers for the Planet - #442 Attend to Hand Hygiene
Disease is easily transferred from one person to another via contact, most often the hands. Washing our hands is a very simple thing to do, and something that has the potential to make such a huge difference. When attended to properly, hand hygiene can keep families and communities in better health. It is important in the home, when visiting hospitals, in schools and work places. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap, taking care to wash in between all your fingers and underneath any jewellery you may be wearing. The process should take at least a minute to be done properly, then ensure you dry your hands thoroughly. Always attend to hand hygiene before and after handling food, always after going to the toilet, before and after visiting sick people, after gardening, after handling rubbish – use your common sense to know when you should be washing your hands. It will ensure the chances of spreading disease are greatly reduced, creating healthier families and communities that will not be putting pressure on the health system. Reducing the need to use the health system means saving lots and lots of resources, as well as money, and this in turn reduced the pressure we put on the planet. Healthy people equals better lives and a healthier planet.