Saturday, October 15, 2011

118.On Handwashing Day

Everyday in newspapers, I read about different types of days – mother’s day, father’s day, son’s day, daughter’s day, wife’s day, valentine’s day….It is too much to expect people to remember other days when they find it difficult to remember birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Valentine’s day seems to be the only exception. Those keen on observing this day as well as those who think that observing the valentine's day is an unpardonable crime seem to be preparing for the day well in advance. About less significant days, media has to remind us. Our lives would have been much easier if there had been a single birth day and wedding day in a year for everyone. Newspapers would have simply reminded us and we would have been relieved of the  burden of remembering the birth days and wedding days of an unmanageable number of people.

Are you aware that the world is observing the handwashing day today? I was not, because I hardly saw anyone washing hands today, but thanks to newspapers, my awareness level is now better. It is really sad that we don’t make it a point to wash hands before cooking, serving or eating food and after doing activities that encourage germs and bacteria to touch and cling to our hands. In the process, we become free distributors of these organisms, sharing them with totally innocent and reluctant people.  If we take a little care, we may avoid diseases like diarrhoea to a large extent.

Many people would argue, where is the time to wash hands so many times during the day? An easy solution to this is eating less number of times. That will also put a check on trips to the toilet, reducing the number of times we would be required to wash our hands. I am not sure if this is a practical solution.

I wonder, why we Indians are lagging behind in this important area of personal hygiene. Are we not in the habit of washing our hands off everything? I don’t understand this duality.

4 comments:

Aarti said...

Was reading this in today's paper and was quite amused... :)

Nice blog you have here..

Bikramjit said...

Nope i did not know about it ...
thank you Now I know ..

washing hands is a MUST and shud be done very veyr carefully

Bikram's

kavita said...

Namaste Onkar ji . HW is important indeed.Last year i read many post on HWD but this year yours is the the only one that i have come across.

Harsh said...

nice blog &post....