Primary School Pupils in Kenya Learn and Practice Good Hygiene
Gladys Njura Gitau*, Judith O Kimiywe, Judith N Waudo and Dorcus Mbithe
Department of Foods Nutrition and Dietetics, Kenyatta University, P.O.Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya
- *Corresponding Author:
- Gladys Njura Gitau
Department of Foods Nutrition and Dietetics
Kenyatta University, P.O.Box 43844, Nairobi, Kenya
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: Dec 02, 2015; Accepted Date: Dec 26, 2015; Published Date: Dec 29, 2015
Citation: Gitau GN, Kimiywe JO, Waudo JN, Mbithe D (2016) Primary School Pupils in Kenya Learn and Practice Good Hygiene. J Child Adolesc Behav 3:267. doi:10.4172/2375-4494.1000267
Copyright: © 2015 Gitau GN, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Most health problems are directly or indirectly associated with environmental sanitation. Most illnesses could be associated with personal hygiene and sanitation of the pupils. Freund, Graybill, and Keith, 2005) in their study in Zambia reported that little was actually known about health of children from 6-15 years and much still remains to be learned. Research now shows that risk of poor health continues throughout childhood and children's health status especially of girls, which actually worsens from age 5-15 years. Several studies have indicated a connection between hand sanitization and infection control in numerous settings such as extended care facilities, schools, and hospitals. Hand hygiene practices improve through increased frequency of hand washing and by increasing awareness of the importance of hand hygiene. This results in fewer Upper Respiratory Infection symptoms, lower illness rates, and lower absenteeism from school. Hand-hygiene interventions are efficacious for preventing gastrointestinal illnesses, in both developed and lesser-developed countries.