Increasing the awareness of the population about the importance of maintaining good levels of hygiene in public spaces, jobs, the home or good personal hygiene is vital to improve global health levels and gain in quality of life.
According to the WHO, to promote hygiene, behavioral changes are needed through motivation, information and education. National campaigns in the media, and an active hygiene education in schools, help change and improve hygiene levels.
Hand washing saves lives
Several studies, conducted by UNICEF, have shown that with the washing of regular hands, the transmission of respiratory diseases, such as pneumonia, can be reduced by almost 23%, which can lead to death in children under five.
The specialists also emphasize the importance of food hygiene. By washing with potable water and specific disinfectants for food, fruits and vegetables, diseases like Hemolytic Urethic Syndrome (SUH) and others can be prevented.
Also, the hygiene of staff at educational centers and the health sector is key to not aggravating situations and avoiding infections among patients, minors and the elderly who can be more vulnerable.
The term hygiene derives from the Greek-haired who means “healthy, healthy”, which in turn, is derived from Hygieia “health.” The latter is also the name that the ancient Greeks gave to Higía, the goddess of healing, cleaning and health.
In modern terms, hygiene is a set of knowledge and techniques that individuals use to control factors that exert or can have harmful effects on their health, in this sense, personal hygiene is the basic concept of cleaning, of the cleaning and the care of the human body.