Keeping up with its history of stepping forward for every social cause, AMRI Hospital, Kolkata, is organizing National Handwashing Awareness Week. The campaign started on Tuesday, December 4 and will run till December 11. It is mainly aimed at keeping a check on the spread of contagious diseases by empowering individuals, so they can educate and help safeguard their communities.
“National Handwashing Awareness Week is a reminder for us to be vigilant about washing our hands, mainly during the cold and flu season,” read an official statement released by AMRI Hospitals.
Practicing hand hygiene is one of the best ways to avoid infectious diseases. It is the first line of defense against a number of infections. It helps in preventing various diseases like diarrhoea, respiratory infections and may even help prevent skin and eye infections.
Using a soap to wash your hands is the most effective way to get rid of germs. Health experts at AMRI Hospital Kolkata recommend using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer (with at least 60% alcohol), in case you don’t have a soap. However, it is important to know that hand sanitizers are not effective in killing all types of germs.
Studies show that while a majority of people know that they should wash their hands, not everyone knows the health hazards of not keeping their hands clean. Thus, communication and spreading awareness is the key to encourage the right behaviour.
As a part of the campaign, every unit of AMRI Hospitals used numerous communication tools to make the best impact. They demonstrated the message through pictures and videos showing the correct way to wash hands and the most common malpractices of hand washing.
In the initial three days of the National Handwashing Awareness Week, the hospital also conducted various interactive sessions based on the importance of hand hygiene.
“Such campaigns prove to be highly effective in spreading awareness about diseases and encouraging healthy living practices. We hope our efforts help in bringing a positive change in people’s lifestyle and everyday habits,” said the official spokesperson of AMRI Hospital, Kolkata.