Why hand washing is essential after every bathroom break

Handwashing is essential after going to the toilet

World Toilet Day 2018 campaign emphasis

Effective hand washing measures – with soap and water – are an essential activity for everyone after visit to the toilet, according to a recent report on the Hindustan Times website.

The article by Sanya Panwar, was written with a focus on World Toilet Day 2018 which this year took place on the 19th November. The event, according to its website “…is about taking action to ensure that everyone has a safe toilet by 2030. This is part of Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 6: sanitation and water.”

Ms Panwar writes that it’s not only the act of handwashing that’s important – it’s the quality of it: in other words a “quick rinse” is of limited benefit. She quotes a Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) article on effective techniques which involve washing with soap and water for “at least 20 seconds”.

Washing with soap and water

The Hindustan website report quotes a general physician at Holistic Healthcare Centre in Delhi, Dr Sanjay Aggarwal, who emphasised why washing with soap and water is so important.

“The rationale is that when in a toilet, it’s possible to have faecal material and faecal bacteria get onto your hands. So it’s wisest to always wash with soap and water even after urinating.”

“Neither plain water nor alcohol hand sanitisers are effective at removing faecal material or killing bacteria in faecal material.”

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