Second-year practical nursing students Arianna Fletcher, Gabe Hermida and Alyssa Coates from Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake arrive at Nesika Elementary School to teach the students about hand-washing. Monica Lamb-Yorski photo

TRU nursing students promote hand-washing to elementary students

Nursing students visited Nesika Elementary School with a hand-washing puppet

Nursing students from Thompson Rivers University Williams Lake visited Nesika Elementary School on Friday to share some hand-washing tips with students.

Hand-washing can help prevent and reduce the spread of diarrheal and respiratory illnesses.

According to the Global Health Canada website, a single gram of human feces — which is about the weight of a paper clip — can contain one trillion germs.

Germs can also get onto hands if people touch any object that has germs on it because someone coughed or sneezed on it or was touched by some other contaminated object.

When these germs get onto hands and are not washed off, they can be passed from person to person and make people sick.

Teaching people about hand-washing helps them and their communities stay healthy, reduces the number of people who get sick with diarrhea by 23 to 40 per cent, reduces diarrheal illness in people with weakened immune systems by 58 per cent, reduces respiratory illnesses, like colds, in the general population by 16 to 21 per cent and reduces absenteeism due to gastrointestinal illness in schoolchildren by 29 to 57 per cent.

Last year three of the nursing students embarked on a project to promote Naloxone training and at the farmers market this fall, nursing students had a booth where they were taking people’s blood pressure.

Read more: TRU nursing students promote Naloxone training



news@wltribune.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Williams Lake Slo-Pitch League geared up for year-end tournament

“It’s been a great year and we’re looking forward to this weekend,” Barbondy said.

Delay powers way to berth at strongman nationals

Delay finished in the top four in his weight division in Richmond at the provincial championships

Joe Borsato leaves the Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin

Museum of the Cariboo Chilcotin coordinator Joe Borsato bid farewell to his position at the museum

SD27 hires new finance manager

Barrett Gaunce is presently corporate controller for Northwest Territories Housing Corp. in Yellowknife

Second Rudy Johnson Bridge suspect in custody: RCMP

Michael Drynock is accused of kidnapping and attempted murder

VIDEO: Could we BE any more excited? ‘Friends’ fans go crazy for merch

Movie theatres will show select episodes to mark the NBC series’ 25th anniversary

Bodies of two missing Surrey men found near Ashcroft

Ryan Provencher and Richard Scurr have been missing since July 17

Five hedgehogs quickly adopted after being left at BC SPCA

Lucky new owners picked up their pets from Maple Ridge branch on Aug. 20

B.C. cricket players get interrupted by racist remark

Community has had protocols in place for years to respond to prejudice

Groovy B.C. wedding a throwback to Woodstock ‘69

Couple hosts themed wedding 50 years after legendary festival

Nearly 50% of Canadians experience ‘post-vacation blues’: poll

48 per cent of travellers are already stressed about ‘normal life’ while still on their trip

More women may need breast cancer gene test, U.S. guidelines say

Recommendations aimed at women who’ve been treated for BRCA-related cancers and are now cancer-free

B.C. manhunt suspects left cellphone video before they died: family

Family member says Kam McLeod, Bryer Schmegelsky recorded final wishes

Most Read