Guarding Your Health Starts With Washing Your Hands

By Mhownai - October 31, 2017

Do you remember when you're just a kid, our parents taught us personal hygiene starting from how to cut our nails from brushing our teeth then taking a bath, washing our hands and too many to mention. I remember way back then, I do not understand why we need to do those. Because it doesn't make any sense because I'm perfectly fine and I have a strong feeling that I won't get sick or maybe I just don't believe in bacteria. LOL.

But everything changed when I had Edmund. I now understand why my parents are very eager to teach me how to take care of myself properly- now it all makes sense. 

Why is personal hygiene important?
Personal hygiene really makes on the spread of germs and general health of the public, consider these sobering statistics gathered from the first Philippines Handwashing Index, a breakthrough study recently commissioned by the nation's leading soap brand, Safeguard.

Did you know that?

  • 7 out 10 Filipinos CLAIM to wash their hands after using the toilet but- ONLY 2 out of 10 really do. 
  • A shocking 64% of Filipinas DO NOT wash their hands at all after using a mall toilet.
  • ONLY 40% of children wash their hands- and they don't use soap either. 
  • Half of Filipinos DO NOT wash their hands after using their mobile phones- known to be one of the dirtiest surfaces. 
  • Filipinos touch MORE THAN 23 other people, averaging 90 unique 'touches' per day. However, they wash our hands ONLY 5 times per day. 

So we neet to keep in mind that one of the fastest ways to spread germs and diseases is by human contact and ingesting contaminated food. It seems like Filipinos haven't nurtured the habit of proper hand washing, and based on statistics, a great number do not care. 

Did you know that 1.5 million children around the world die every year due to diarrhea? As shocking as it may seem, diarrhea is the second most common cause of death among kids. UNICEFhas declared that pneumonia takes the lives 1.8 million children globally each yeaer. Furthermore, in a study done by DOH locally, it has been found out that pneumonia is the number one cause of death among Filipino children of 1-14 years. Believe it or not, the simple habit of proper handwashing with an anti-bacterial soapcan be an effective way of reducing there incidents. 

Holidays are just around the corner, it means that you are more frequent gatherings with friends and family- and with it, the chances of you spreading germs to other increase. 

"Through the years, Safeguard has made it a mission to educate as many Filipinos on the importance and proper wat to hand wash. Since the 1960s, Safeguard has been able to educate millions of children and provide numerous hygiene facilities in partnership with the Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET), Department of Health (DOH) and Department of Education (DepEd). And this year, we are proud to have Alden with us to singthe hand washing Christmas song that reminds everyone to wash their hands," shares Jia Salindong-Du, Safeguard Philippines Brand Manager.

Every Filipino should do this part in promoting handwashing to keep everyone healthy and protected from germs throughout this season. Make it a habit to wash your hands with Safeguard in these 5 "hugas non-negotiables"- before "mano", afer using the toilet, before eating, after playing and before bonding.

Here is Alden's song to remind us to wash our hands with Safeguards:

Safeguard is launching its Christmas gift sets, which containe Safeguard Pure White Body Wash (400ML), Pure White Liquid Hand Soap (225ML) and a FREE loofah. These limited edition packs will be available for only PHP 199 beginning October 15, 2017.

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