As Jamaican's do we wash our hands often enough? Do we understand the importance of hand washing?
Handwashing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease and infection. By washing your hands frequently, you kill germs that are picked up from other people, or from contaminated surfaces, or even from animals and animal waste.
When should you wash your hands?
1. Immediately, if contact is made with blood/body fluids or other contaminated items without barrier protection,
2. After any personal care such as coughing, sneezing, or blowing your nose, and after you change a baby's diaper.
3. After handling animals (even pets), their waste and their cages,
4. After you handle garbage,
5. Before you prepare food or eat,
6. After using washroom facilities,
7. When your hands are dirty,
8. Prior to leaving the work area,
Take a look at the chart below showing the proper steps in hand washing.
Jamaican's and people all around the world, should encourage each other to wash our hands more often.
Have you ever used the restroom and forgot to wash your hands?