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  2. 2. HAND HYGIENE IS IMPORTANT AT EVERY AGE IMPORTANT IN CHILDREN• Hand washing is something we learn at a very early age … and yet many people just don’t do it. The problem is that most and in particular young children just don’t see it as a priority. Clean Hands means Good Health – good health for pupils, teachers, dinner staff, administrators and your entire school community. It’s about believing in the importance of good hygiene and incorporating it into your existing curriculumDR.T.V.RAO MD 2
  3. 3. SCHOOLS SHOULD ENCOURAGE HAND WASHING• To help maintain a healthy environment and to prevent, to the extent possible the spread of disease, schools should encourage hand washing and ensure that soap or another cleansing agent is provided. Whilst there is no specific policy or procedural statement which identifies minimum requirements for provision by schools of hand-washing materials or facilities for students, the Department expects that these strategies are in place in schools.DR.T.V.RAO MD 3
  4. 4. WHY CHILDREN ARE AT RISK WITH INFECTIOUS AGENTS• Young children are at increased risk for contracting infectious diseases because they: are grouped together, are exposed to many new germs have immune systems that are not fully developed to fight Microbes do not have complete control of body fluids that contain Microbes have personal habits that spread germs thumb sucking rubbing eyes putting things in their mouthsDR.T.V.RAO MD 4
  5. 5. CLEAN HANDS REDUCES THE INFECTIONS- CDC• According to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 22 million school days are lost each year due to the common cold. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps we can take to fight the cold and flu.DR.T.V.RAO MD 5
  6. 6. STUDENTS SHOULD WASH THEIR HANDS:• Before and after eating food; - after visiting the toilet; - after being exposed to respiratory or other body fluids; - after playing sport; and - at any other time when the hands are soiled.DR.T.V.RAO MD 6
  7. 7. THE TIME SPENT IN WASHING MAKES THE SUCCESS • Hand washing should include a minimum of 15 seconds of lathering the hands and fingers with soap before rinsing and drying.DR.T.V.RAO MD 7
  8. 8. PROCEDURES IN HAND WASHING – MAKE MATTERS EASY FOR CHILDREN• Wet hands with clean warm water Apply soap Rub hands together vigorously and scrub all surfaces for 20 seconds. Remind kids to wash both thumbs as thumbs are quite often skipped in the hand washing process! Make sure to wash under nails, watches and jewellery since millions of germs gather there thoroughly rinse with clean water Use a single-use paper towel to ensure that hands can be completely dried and virtually germ free Use the paper towel to avoid contact with frequently touched surfaces while leaving the washroom, such as the faucet and door handles Since hands are to be washed frequently, use mild and gentle soapsDR.T.V.RAO MD 8
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  10. 10. AFTER HAND WASHING AND DRYING HANDS, KIDS SHOULD:• Avoid touching their eyes, nose, or mouth• Avoid close contact such as shaking hands, especially with people who are sick• Cough or sneeze against your sleeve or in a paper tissue that you throw in a waste basketDR.T.V.RAO MD 10
  11. 11. SCHOOLS SHOULD PROVIDE SOAP AND WATER• The Department’s Student Health Care policy acknowledges that all public schools will endeavour to ensure that health care standards are met and that good health behaviour practices are promoted in schools. The promotion of good health practices is a shared responsibility between schools and parentsDR.T.V.RAO MD 11
  12. 12. WE NEED SIMPLE THINGS MAKE MATTERS SIMPLE • Antibacterial soaps are usually not necessary for children. Appropriate time spans in washing will be enough. Don’t use very hot water, and teach your kids that. Really hot water can cause chapped hands, which will make it painful and something they don’t want to do, and also increase their risk for infection. • Keep their nails clean and short.DR.T.V.RAO MD 12
  13. 13. CHILD EDUCATION AND TRAINING SHAPED BY HOME ENVIRONMENTS• Children’s behaviours are shaped in the home environment and may influence lifelong habits. Hand hygiene is often not sufficiently stressed in the home, child care centres and school settings, which may contribute to development of poor hand hygiene habits. Because behaviours are established in childhood, teaching children the importance of hand hygiene at an early age will improve their hand hygiene behaviours and may encourage better hand hygiene in adults in their households.DR.T.V.RAO MD 13
  14. 14. CREATE A PLAN OF ACTION• Develop provincial policies to promote hand hygiene compliance in school and child care facilities.• ▪ Plan, coordinate, deliver, and evaluate hand hygiene programs, including their provision in school curricula.• ▪ Expand existing hand hygiene education programs to children and parents such as the “Do Bugs Need Drugs?” program, school educational programs and parental hand hygiene education of new mothers. ▪ Develop and implement collaborative and coordinated approaches in addressing low hand hygiene compliance among children.• ▪ Encourage industry to develop and market hand hygiene products suitable for children.DR.T.V.RAO MD 14
  15. 15. INFECTIONS AT SCHOOLS SPREAD FAST HAND WASHING CAN REDUCE SEVERAL INFECTIONS • Hand washing is one of the best ways to defend against infections, both major and minor and to protect themselves from spreading the common things that pass through schools like wildfire.DR.T.V.RAO MD 15
  16. 16. • Programme created by Dr.T.V.Rao MD for the World Wide Education on Hand Washing to control and reduce the spread of Infections among the Young • Email • doctortvrao@gmail.comDR.T.V.RAO MD 16