21 August 2009

Hand washing: more than just soap and water

A kindergarten student at Baan Huay Tor Early Childhood Development Center in Trang use the new toilets after her afternoon nap.© UNICEF Thailand/2009/M. Thomas

Storyby Nattha Keenapan

(This story was published in the Bangkok Post newspaper on August 20, 2009)

KRABI, Thailand – It was not until recently that 10-year-old  Chanwimol Ginglek,  a student at Baan Khao Tang School in southern Krabi province, realized that proper hand washing involved a lot more than just soap and water. 

With the A/H1N1 influenza virus spreading rapidly in Thailand, schools are rushing to teach students the first line of defense against the virus: proper and thorough hand washing.