Every year, 1.4 million children do not live to celebrate the fifth birthday because of diarrhea and pneumonia. Handwashing with soap is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent this disease. This simple behavior can save lives, reduce diarrhea by almost 50% and acute respiratory infections nearly 25%.
In the framework of Global Handwashing Day (Handwashing Day) on October 15th, let’s discuss how to wash your hands properly and correctly.
6 STEPS TO WASH YOUR HAND
Before washing your hands, make sure there is soap and a running water source. Flow water first, then place soap (can be liquid soap or bar soap) on hand. Keep your hands away from water during hand washing. When washing your hands, do the following:
- Rub the palms together by gluing the palms of one hand to the other.
- Rub the backs of both hands. The palm of the right-hand rubs the back of the left hand. Do it on the other hand.
- Rubbing between the fingers by crossing the fingers of the right hand with the left.
- Scrub the inside and back of the finger with the position of the fingertips locking each other.
- Clean your thumb. Rub the thumb of the left hand rotates in the right-hand grip. Do it on the other hand.
- Cleaning your fingernails and fingertips by folding the tips of your fingers together to meet each other. Then rub it on the opposite palm. Do it on the other hand.
WHEN TO WASH YOUR HAND
- After going to a toilet
- Before eating and feeding the child
- After holding the animal
- After playing on the ground, mud or dirty place.
- After sneezing/coughing
- Before and after contact with the sick
Let’s keep healthy by washing hands with soap!
Source: globalhandwashing.org, depkes.go.id