BY JOY OFASIA
GUADALCANAL Provincial Council of Women (GPCW) President Alice Hou has warned mothers, particularly in the rural communities in Guadalcanal to practice high standards of handwashing and quality care hygiene for their children amidst the increasing threat of coronavirus in the country.
Mrs. Hou said the lives of children in the rural communities in Guadalcanal are highly at risk and mothers need to prioritize the health of their children.
“Children seem to be more vulnerable to the coronavirus because the immune system is not strong to fight the novel viral infection and might from it, therefore, a lot of focus into hand wash and personal quality hygiene must be put into practice; mothers need to help your child practice good personal hygiene habits in such critical times.
“Being able to talk openly and honestly about keeping clean with your children will help you manage and prevent the risk of contracting the coronavirus,” she said.
Rural communities could have the most prevalent rate or a higher risk chance of spreading the disease across the country due to the prevalence of unhygienic practices such as shaking hands when greeting, not washing hands frequently, and so on.
She said most germs are spread through hand contact and regularly washing of hands will prevent your child and others from getting the coronavirus infection.
“Encourage your child to wash their hands with soap and water: when hands look dirty, before eating or preparing food, after playing on the outside the house including after going to the garden or touching animals, after blowing their nose, sneezing or coughing, and after going to the toilet.
“Families need to stay calm and avoid listening to public rumors, however to only listen to precautionary measures and advice from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services (MHMS) and put it into practice in your homes,” the President of the Guadalcanal Provincial Council of Women said.