Apr 11, 2020
Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading fear across the world with the rapid rise in number of countries being affected by the virus. The virus which was first detected in Wuhan, China, has now spread to almost 47 countries (https://www.who.int/docs/default-source/coronaviruse/situation-reports/20200227-sitrep-38-covid-19.pdf?sfvrsn=47fdaf7_4) across the globe leaving Antarctica as the only “COVID-19-Free” continent.
Tremendous effort is being put in by all nations as well as organizations like WHO, CDC and MSF to halt the spread of the virus. Several protective measures have been advised by the World Health Organization (WHO) for public to contain the spread of the virus. One of the simplest of them is “Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. - https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/advice-for-public).
Although considered simple and easy to implement, maintaining personal hygiene practices is something which should be taught from a very young age and inculcated as a societal habit across nations. Unfortunately, the required levels of personal hygiene by all citizens is still far from desirable in India.
The severe lack of proper sanitation systems across our country could be attributed as one of the reasons for citizens not learning the proper personal hygiene mandate. Although, the Central and State Governments are conducting several awareness programs for proper sanitation and hygiene, we severely lack in the required number of toilets across the length and breadth of the country. The governments at both Centre and States should strenuously continue its efforts to organize proper and clean sanitation systems across the country which shall then engage the citizens towards maintaining the required levels of personal hygiene.