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Back to School Health Tips: Properly Wash Your Hands


The sad truth about many diseases is that they are easily spread. Children are among the most vulnerable groups that are susceptible to contracting diseases.
One tried and tested way to reduce or even eliminate the spread of diseases is to properly wash your hands. However, many persons – adults and children – do not know how to do this.

Have a look at the hand washing steps and consistently practice with your children or students.

Step 1: Wet Your Hands with water
Step 2: Apply enough soap to cover all areas of the hands
Step 3: Scrub the middle and back of both hands, your wrists, between your fingers and under your fingernails for at least 20 seconds.
Step 4: Rinse your hands properly
Step 5: Dry your hands with a paper towel or clean cloth

You must always wash your hands before:

– Preparing or eating food
– Taking care of a baby or sick person
– Touching your nose, mouth, eye

You must always wash your hands after:

– Using the toilet
– Handling raw meat, fish or chicken
– Sneeze, cough, blow or wipe your nose
– Looking after a sick person
– Changing a diaper
– Handling garbage
– Touching animals

Contact the Ministry of Health and Wellness:
10 – 16 Grenada Way
Kingston 5
Website: moh.gov.jm
Number: 876-633-7433

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