Imagine a relationship of two best friends; one can’t thrive without the other. They go through life, hand-in-hand. If you are not on good terms with one, the other wouldn’t talk to you either. If you take care of one, the other would be more than willing to be of service to you.
Health and Hygiene are two such best friends. Interdependent, co-existent and always interconnected.
For a person, or simply a being, to live a fulfilling life; health is of utmost importance. You may have the entire world’s possessions in your grasp but if you are not sound in health, you can never enjoy all what the world has to offer. Health remains the chief source of peace and happiness. With it, you can find joy even in the most mundane events. Without it, lavish celebrations, great food and good company seem listless, tasteless and flushed out of colours.
“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
Health basically means the state of a sound mind, and body that are free of any disorder or ailment that hinders normal body works, state-of-mind, performance, psychology and development. In short, health is your physical and emotional wellbeing.
And to be friends with health, you need to shake hands with hygiene; the regular practices that keep ailments at bay and ensure health and wellbeing.
Hygienic practices vary from individual acts to actions taken at community levels to ensure, improve and sustain sound health of every individual that is a part of the community.
From proper sanitation practices like using toilets, washing hands with soap, consuming clean drinking water, covering eatables to prevent spread of disease, and personal cleanliness, hygiene expands to a broader level at the community stage with focus on proper sewage and garbage disposal, supply of safe drinking water and fresh food items.
As an individual, we could start to achieve sound health and ensure it for others by adopting hygiene practises, and mobilizing people around us to do the same.
If done with dedication, and with engaging more and more people we come across, a healthy community can be built that has all the mental and physical ability to work and play a part in making this world a better place to live in.