Hand washing is the basic step towards maintaining a healthy body. The teachers should teach the students the importance of the hand wash.
According to a study, it has been found that lack of hand washing and improper food can cause gastrointestinal trouble. In a confined classroom, area where the students study the virus of gastrointestinal sickness can spread very quickly. This study was published in 2010 issue of the Journal of School Health, which dealt with the food processing in various schools and universities.
A gastrointestinal illness is short-lived. The symptoms are cramps, fever, diarrhoea and vomiting. It does not need medical treatment. However, the victim should be provided with water because sometimes dehydration takes place. The victim should have adequate fluid intake. In some cases, the children are admitted in hospitals for the speedy recovery. In case of E. Coli contamination, the victim can die of food poisoning.
The co-author narrates that there has been 121 outbreaks of gastrointestinal sickness. Around 51 percent of these involved bacterial infections and mostly the viruses were being transmitted by the food. Around 12 percent of these were transferred by drinking unsafe water.
Food-borne illnesses are “grossly underreported” to public health authorities, said Lee.
The author says that hand washing before having meal is the best solution to prevent the viruses from the entering the body.