One Minute to Health
By Shishir Kumar
Every day, Kamlesh, along with his batch mates, queues to wash his hands before heading to the school kitchen. Kamlesh, like 550 other students of his school, strictly follows this routine not only at the school but also at home.
The upgraded middle school located at Resham in Angara block, 60 kilometers from Ranchi, has appointed members of the ‘Bal Sansad’or Child Cabinet who, along with their teachers, keep a tab on the hygiene behaviour of the students.
“Earlier I used to be absent from school often as I suffered from diarrhoea. But since I started washing hands regularly, I have never fallen ill,” he adds.
“Our school follows the hygiene practices including hand-washing before the children eat,” says Prem Chandra Bedia, Assistant Teacher.
The students, says Bedla, are first asked to queue according to their sections and then wash hands their before they eat their mid-day meal.
Bal Sansad has mobilised hundreds of students by discussing the benefits and need of handwashing.
“In the last one year we have convinced most of our school mates the benefits of handwashing. We have been explaining to them that hand washing with water only is not enough,” says Yasoda.
“The practice which started last year has now developed into a habit. Now we do not eat food without washing our hands even at home,” informs Dutila Bedia, one of the students of the upgraded middle school in Resham.