Restoration and Addition of Hand Washing Facilities at San Isidro National High School
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On the occasion of Global Hand Washing during the month of October, we, the Kinetic Alliance, a non-profit student movement would like to highlight the importance of hygiene, particularly hand hygiene at school.
Hand hygiene plays a centre role on safeguarding the optimum health of an individual. Since it is universally acknowledged that the hands are the principal route by which cross-infection occurs, hence, hand hygiene is the single most important factor in the control of infection. A study by Philippine Association of Medical Technologists (PAMET) proves that proper hand washing is an essential component of a healthy lifestyle either at home, workplace or school. This is why hand washing facilities are basic school infrastructures which are prerequisite for positive hygiene behaviour and address key determinants of health
San Isidro National High School is a public school situated at Pasumbalas, San Isidro, San Luis, Pampanga with a population of more than 1000 students plus more than 60 teaching and non-teaching personnel. There are only two (2) hand washing areas at school, which is shared by 1,015 students, teaching and non-teaching personnel at school not yet included. The ratio of 1:508 hand washing areas to students is deemed unacceptable. Furthermore, none of the facilities can be classified operational or well-functioning. These present facilities may be poorly located, have insufficient hand washing materials, be inaccessible, or be improperly used.
The hand washing areas are situated in the center of campus, which is fairly and inconvenient for Senior High School students since they are at the back part of the school. In addition, there is no hand washing facility near the school canteen where students can used before and after eating.
Our group, the Kinetic Alliance, observed and opined that these present barriers are enough reasons for the SINHS community to believe that the restoration and addition of hand washing areas at school premises is a timely problem. These basic school infrastructures are prerequisite for positive hygiene behavior and address key determinants of health. This is an urgent concern, especially in these times where flu and other viruses are at rise.
We, the Kinetic Alliance, call upon the administration and other stakeholders of San Isidro National High School to ensure the following:
-Restore and fix the two (2) existing hand washing facilities and make them full operational and functioning.
-Build at least two (2) more hand washing facilities at the school campus; one situated near the school canteen so the students can access before and after eating and the other one near the Senior High School buildings to be shared by 271 students plus the teaching personnel.
- Equip healthcare facilities at all levels with functional hand washing stations with at least soap, towels for drying and good running water.
- Encourage appropriate hand hygiene behaviour to teachers which will serve as role models to students on how to properly wash hands.
- Display adequate information, education and communication materials on hand washing stations and other prominent places such as school entrance, canteen and clinic.
- Create mass awareness about importance of hand hygiene for good health among the general public by involving Parents and teachers Association (PTA), Barangay Councils, parents and barangay health care provide
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