Health is Wealth _ Prioritising Health and Hygiene in Rural India – Geetanjali Care

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Health and hygiene are closely related to each other and almost everyone knows it. Any person who is privileged enough to get clean surroundings around himself can expect a healthier and longer life. However, it is quite unfortunate that not many people living in the rural or semi-rural parts of India can boast of having a clean and hygienic environment. Partly due to lack of efforts by the local government, and partly due to ignorance of the local residents, the people living in the villages continue to suffer from various lifestyle problems and health related concerns because of their inability to create a healthy and safe environment for themselves and those around them. This indeed requires collective efforts and individual and half-hearted efforts won’t work in this case.

First and foremost, due to illiteracy and lack of proper awareness, most people in the villages fail to understand the harmful effects of the garbage accumulated around them. People do not consider disposing the waste off in a strategic manner and it naturally leads to a foul odour all around, in addition to aggravating the respiratory concerns. It is a common sight in villages to see people suffering from hazardous diseases that wouldn’t be there in the first place had people been a little mindful about maintaining a clean and hygienic environment. Moreover, it is often observed that the stagnant water is not properly discharged and due to the same, mosquitoes are prone to gather at one place. It is scientifically proven that certain mosquitoes and insects can be carriers of life impeding diseases like Malaria, Chickengunya, Zika Virus and Dengue amongst multiple others. There are a lot of non government organisation in India working in this direction.

What is most unfortunate is that people are not only unaware about the importance of cleanliness around them, but they also do not maintain personal hygiene. More often than not, it is seen that women are not cognizant of taking care of their intimate hygiene during menstruation. In addition to discarding the used clothes in an inappropriate manner, they’re mostly not well educated about the importance of maintaining exclusive hygiene during that period. This inevitably leads to complications during pregnancy as well. Women and in fact, the society in general need to understand how personal hygiene is not only a private matter; it can affect the overall health of the family, society and community as well. The recent breakdown of Corona pandemic is a glaring example of the same.

Geetanjali Care, a non profit organisation in India, has been endeavoring to combat the concern of hygiene in rural regions by educating the locals about the importance of keeping themselves and their surroundings clean. The team shall be conducting regular workshops and seminars, in addition to financially aiding the verified institutions who could further help these people in availing the right kind of hygiene and health related services. Healthy villages of India could very well be the foundation of a healthy nation. Let all of us do our bit and change the vision of India is seen for the best.