Thursday, April 7, 2016

Health Watch: Washing Your Hands with Safeguard Protects Against Top Threat Diseases

As parents, we all want to give nothing but the best for our family especially when it comes to health. When it concerns our family’s health, in as much as we can, we try to make our household bacteria/virus-free. Of course, these aren’t enough to guarantee that we will be totally disease-free but taking precautions against it is such a good start. 

Recently, Purple Plum Fairy was privileged to be invited to the first ever Health Watch: World Health Day Celebration spearheaded by P&G, Unicef, Philippine National Red Cross and Safeguard. It’s a first of a series of lecture which aims to equip Filipinos with the information and skills needed to keep our families in the pink of health.

Health Watch series made possible by P&G, UNICEF and Philippine Red Cross - represented by Ms. Deidre De Padua, Dr. Mariella Castillo
and Ms. Ruby of PRC. 

Safeguard is the most trusted brand of germicidal bath soap in the country and our family and I had been using it for such a long time now. Safeguard in keeping up with its family germ protection commitment to its consumers, promotes health and hygiene. World Health Day reminds each of us that health should always be our top priority sans any compromise.

Safeguard soap is your family's protection against sickness

During the first Health Watch Lecture, UNICEF shared figures about the State of Filipino Children's Health. Based on the report entitled, "A Decade of Tracking Progress For Maternal, Newborn and Child Survival" conducted in 2015, the Philippines is among 26 countries which have contributed 80% of global deaths of children under 5 years old. Imagine that, 5 years old and below!

The following are some of the major reasons of these deaths:

  • Neonatal Health Conditions (45%)
  • Pneumonia (18%)
  • Diarrhea (7%)

Unfortunately, although these figures can be prevented by simple proper handwashing, the deaths are still very much prevalent nowadays. Hand washing alone through soap and water helps reduce the incidence of diarrhea among children by up to 50% as well as respiratory illnesses such as pneumonia by up to 25%. Among infants, handwashing has also helped reduce infections, which constitute 16% of neonatal conditions. 
Safeguard Liquid Soap

The good news is that these problems are now being addressed by Procter and Gamble through safeguard with UNICEF by implementing - Water, Sanitation and Health (WASH) Program, which includes health and hygiene education among children. 

During the Health Watch Lecture, attendees were also given a preview of the current health conditions of children in our country but we were also provided with tips and basic first aid training for mothers by Ruby of Philippine Red Cross. According to the resource speaker, the simple act of washing has been known to reduce infections brought about by wounds which sometimes lead to more serious diseases. Wounds are often the primary entry point of germs and bacteria, thus, wound care is a crucial step in disease prevention. 

Proper sanitation is equally important among moms as the First Aiders at home. Before treating minor wounds and burns, parents must be aware that handwashing is the most crucial first step before getting down to treat their children. Washing the wound with soap and water for 5 minutes also greatly reduces the risk of infection, tetanus, scarring and tattooing of the skin from dirt left in the wound. 

Regardless if it's something as serious as diarrhea or minor wounds, we should all be on guard and we need to be alert and aware of how to keep her family protected. The trusted name in family germ protection.  Make SAFEGUARD as your family’s partner in health.

Make everyday - WORLD HEALTH DAY as SAFEGUARD puts your family first. 50 years of protection, 50 years of SAFEGUARD. Health Comes First. 


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