Hygiene lessons for school students
OT, October 23, 2011 IST
Okhla Times Reporter/Khadar
Students in Municipal Corporation of Delhi schools were given lessons how to properly wash their hands on the Global Hand washing Day. The event was observed with great care in MCD Primary School, Madanpur Khadar, J.J. Colony, New Delhi, with teachers and students participating in huge numbers. Ahmed Abdullah, in-charge (cultural activities) says: “Global Handwashing Day reminds us of the importance of remaining hygienic. October 15 was marked as Global Handwashing Day by the UNICEF in 2008. Since then the day is being celebrated annually all over the world.”
In 2008, cricket legendary Sachin Tendulkar announced the day as Global Handwashing Day by encouraging kids to wash their hands after every meal. A video was also launched then in which Sachin was shown washing hands with soap at the Mohali Cricket ground.
Surajpal Singh, principal MCD primary school, says: “Efforts have been made by eminent personalities to encourage kids to wash their hands after and before having their meals and after coming from washroom. In 2009, Kaiji Moriyama a Japanese dancer held a dance show over the tunes of a melodramatic song which was aimed at encouraging kids to promote hygiene.”
Washing hands is essential for healthy living as it protects them from the germs which may cause stomach or other infections, claims a release.
Many NGOs are working to create awareness among children about the importance of keeping hands clean.
Talking about hygiene, Singh adds: “There are several small germs in the atmosphere which are not visible from our naked eyes. These germs often are carried to our stomach through our hands when we touch or eat meal without washing our hands. Therefore, washing hands with soap prevents these germs from entering into our body. Parents and school authorities can play vital role in encouraging kids to wash their hands thoroughly.”
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