Wash your hands frequently is a habit that must be acquired from childhood. The statement is the coordinator of the Hospital Infection Control Institute Fernandes Figueira, of Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Carlos Eduardo Figueiredo, on World Hand Washing.
“This practice should be encouraged in childhood, because the person takes it to adulthood. It is an important gesture that takes little time; it’s cheap and prevent many disease ” said the infectologist in an interview to Agency Brazil.
More than 80 countries celebrate today (15) as the World Day to Wash Your Hands. Brazil has officiated at this date and participate for the first time, with the aim of reinforcing the importance of hand hygiene to prevent diseases spread by microbes, bacteria and viruses, including an influenza virus.
Figueiredo also emphasizes that the epidemic of influenza virus in the population caused great concern with hygiene last year. “We saw children carrying bottles of alcohol gel for the school, but it returned to oblivion. And this is a behavior that needs to be stimulated all the time ” he criticized.
According to the infectologist, the effect of alcohol is the same combination of soap and water, since the concentration varies between 50% and 70% in solution. The time spent on sanitation is at least 20 seconds, when alcohol is used, and about 40 seconds with soap and water.
The research Handwashing Habits in Brazil by the Instituto Ibope showed that 65% of children have been fecal coliform in the hands. Although 84% of mothers interviewed said they should wash their hands before meals, 76% say they comply with this recommendation. Only 25% said ensuring that the child wash their hands after using the toilet. The study surveyed 277 mothers of children between 4 and 12 years.
According to 2009 data from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), 3.5 million children under five years die each year from diseases related to diarrhea and acute respiratory infections.
The recommendations of the Ministry of Health for a proper hand hygiene include the careful cleaning the spaces between your fingers and use paper towel to dry hands.