Kashmir Indepth

Handwashing vital to fight against COVID-19: Health Minister

‘Authorities asked to educate people on hygiene standards’


Srinagar, Mar 18 (KINS): Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan Wednesday said that Regular hand washing with soap is vital to fight against the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) disease.

He said that it has been agreed by all, that personal hygiene is most reliable way to prevent the deadly Coronavirus.

In a brief chat with Kashmir Indepth News Service (KINS) the health minister said, “People must use hand wash or soap to clean hands. They should clean hands multiple times a day if they are outside, at work or are involved in physical activity,” he said.

He said that directions have been issued to all the states including the authorities in the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir to educate people on hygiene standards.

The minister who is also a physician by profession said that it is advisable to all those who have low immunity, coughing and sneezing problems should cover their mouth with a mask and keep a distance with other people so that their mouth droplets do not infect other people.

“People should not panic. Simple hand hygiene by cleaning hands multiple times can work to curtail the spread of the disease.” the minister said.

It is to mention here that Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan also took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to encourage people to wash their hands as frequently as they possibly can throughout the day.

He wrote “I request all citizens to take the safe hands challenge. Washing hands thoroughly with soap and water kills# Coronavirus”

Meanwhile the doctors across the India are of the opinion that that sanitizers and handwashes have similar properties to kill the germs. “The difference is only that hand sanitizers contain alcohol and do not require water while soaps and handwash have ingredients like hard chemicals that kill germs and require water,” one of the doctors told KINS.(KINS)

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