Hand washing lessons from a sneezing wolf and a bug that lights up
An “interactive hygiene and infection control roadshow” is being rolled out around the city of Lancaster in the UK. It’s calling in at preschools and nurseries around the area, with children as young as two being shown the importance of clean hands, according to a recent report on the Lancaster Guardian website.
The educational initiative is being delivered by Lancaster City Council, according to the report’s author Debbie Butler.
The council’s public health team had, at the time the article was written, visited 3 primary and 14 nursery schools and had achieved a “positive” response.
The handwashing message
A cabinet member with responsibility for environmental health, Councillor Dave Brookes, emphasised why the message being delivered was so important for the children – and their schools and communities.
“During Covid, the coverage and work around hand hygiene was important, but continuing to educate and encourage children to wash their hands regularly and properly is still an important part of their daily routine to prevent the spread of colds and viruses.”
Story time with a wolf helped the youngsters to appreciate the importance of covering mouths when sneezing and coughing. Of particular interest was a bug equipped with ultraviolet lights, which showed the children a glowing areas on their hands, indicating areas that they’d missed when washing them.
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