In case you don’t know the hand is the end part of a person’s arm beyond the wrist. It is made up of the palm, fingers, and thumb. The hands are our primary tools of physical interaction with the things and people around us. But, the hand dey touch many many things sha. Abeg, big twaale for the hand joor.
The functions to which the hands are deployed are myriad and can vary from the imaginable to the unimaginable. In all of these the hands touch all manners of things and often get contaminated by germs. These germs can get passed on from one person to another resulting in harm and ill health.
Imagine the setting of a communal meeting or feast and several unwashed hands that have been involved in diverse events and activities all descending on the communal food. That would be another description of kasala. Gbege would happen big time as different kinds of germs begin to dance both azonto and One Corner dance inside the food. The dance will obviously continue in the stomach.
God have mercy if someone there went to the bathroom to wee-wee or poo-poo and joined the feast without washing their hands. It is estimated that the average person has 200 million bacteria per square inch on their hands after using the toilet. Contamination of the hand can also come from everyday events like using the ATM and breaking out money to spend from one’s wallet. Studies show that roughly 10% of ATM cards and a significant amount of naira notes are contaminated and carry germs.
So if you pay for your favourite roasted plantain and groundnuts with Naira note and then use that same unwashed hand to shove them into your mouth, you are simply eating more things than you paid for.
It must be obvious to you now that regular hand washing is essential and CRITICAL to our well being. It is recommended that you wash your hands:
- Before, during, and after preparing food
- Before eating food
- Before and after caring for someone who is sick
- Before and after treating a cut or wound
- After using the toilet
- After changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet
- After blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing
- After touching an animal, animal feed, or animal waste
- After touching garbage
It should be noted though that this list is not exhaustive. The acceptable and effective way of hand washing is as follows:
- Wet your hands with clean running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap and apply soap.
- Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Be sure to lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
- Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds.
- Rinse your hands well under clean running water.
- Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dryer.
Hand washing with soap and water is the best way to reduce the number of germs but when they are not available, an alcohol-based hand sanitizer containing at least 60% alcohol can be used .
By whatever means do the needful…….wash your hand and don’t be a germ distributor.