Understanding and practices of handwashing ‘abysmally poor’: study

By: PTI Kochi Printed:October 12, 2017 4:05 pm

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The research examined the amount of awareness about practices associated with hands hygiene conduct in rural households in four states– Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Odisha. (Representational)

Understanding and practices of handwashing connected with childcare tasks is abysmally poor in rural India, new research released to mark Global Handwashing Day has stated.

Based on WaterAid India’s new study ‘Spotlight on handwashing in rural India’, handwashing with soap at five critical occasions – after defecation, after cleaning a child’s bottom, before feeding infants/children, before eating and before preparing food, are believed to lessen diarrhoeal illnesses by 47 percent.

The research examined the amount of awareness about practices associated with hands hygiene conduct in rural households in four states– Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Odisha.

While handwashing after defecation and before eating has elevated levels of general, hygiene practices among surveyed individuals getting a young child under five within their home was low.

“Only 26.3 percent washed hands before child feeding, 14.7 percent before breastfeeding, 16.7 percent after disposing child faeces, and 18.4 percent after cleaning a child’s bottom,” the research stated It stated only 12.6 percent people wash hands before feeding the youngster.

The research noted that in 2015, an believed 321 children died everyday because of diarrhoea, the 2nd leading reason for dying among children younger than five in India.

Hygiene behaviours are important to prevent main reasons for dying and illnesses in youngsters, particularly diarrhoea among children younger than five, it stated. Hands hygiene, particularly, handwashing with soap, is recognised like a highly cost-effective public health intervention, getting the possibility to considerably reduce disease burden, based on the study.

The report aims to tell and strengthen health insurance and diet related policies and it is released to mark Global Handwashing Day on October 15, each day focused on growing awareness and understanding about the significance of handwashing with soap.

WaterAid India’s Policy Manager, Arundati Muralidharan, stated “handwashing is underrated and frequently forgotten whenever we discuss water, sanitation and hygiene.”

“It is a straightforward and price-effective intervention that may play a vital role in battling the pressing child health issues within our country,” Muralidharan stated inside a release.

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