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Time for A Change in Public Hygiene? Yes, We Think So.

Time for A Change in Public Hygiene? Yes, We Think So.

With so much happening in a hospital, one wonders if there’s ever a time for a quick break to get some fresh air. We do get some time for a general break though, but those breaks are filled with debates and conversations about events happening around us. We don’t generally translate those conversations into a blog post but this one in particular hit the mark.

It was the usual time for a break, and the room was filled with the regular chit-chat, but this time around, an emphatic voice resonated around the room. The topic of the day somehow was “public urination”. Isn’t that everybody’s concern increasingly?

Public Hygiene

With more urbanization, higher literacy and spiraling development and — to our pleasant surprise – more public urination facilities in the city, frustrated stories of encountering people publicly urinating on the streets and roads is baffling.

A columnist from BBC quotes Tina, a resident, “It is not about toilets, it is about a lack of civic sense,” she said, adding that just a few hours earlier she had seen a man urinating on the street, right near a public toilet. [Source: BBC]

Isn’t that a fact? Such scenarios don’t just involve dirtying the place. People should be aware of the amount of bacteria and virus they are setting free through this act. They should realize that so many people walk or drive through the same path, and street dogs that are often fed by compassionate Samaritans dwell in places like these.

Also, the person doesn’t realize that he is also giving himself an uncalled invitation for infections. You may be surprised to know that this is one of the biggest reasons for urinary tract infections in men.

A urinary tract infection may sound like something that is easy to deal with but, if ignored, [which happens in most cases], the patient may even land up with acute kidney infection. The acute kidney infection could lead to nausea, fever, chills, fatigue, mood swings, shivering and severe pain in the lower abdomen. A worst case scenario could eventually lead to kidney transplantation.

It’s not just kidney infection. It gets worse! In 2011, infectious diarrhea due to open defecation resulted in about 0.7 million deaths in children below the age of five years and 250 million lost schooldays. And when it rains, waterborne diseases thrive and spread rapidly around the area. 

“Research from India has shown that detrimental health impacts (particularly for early life health) are even more significant from open defecation when the population density is high. The same amount of open defecation is twice as bad in a place with a high population density average like India versus a low population density average like sub-Saharan Africa.” [Sourced: Wikipedia]

Isn’t it stunning to realize that all this that could occur with just one simple irresponsible act? We can only warn you about the extreme effects, but what should really change is the “easy-going” mindset of people. It seems that unless there’s a picture of the divine on the wall no one will desist!!! But, are we really so self-consumed that we choose to deliberately ignore the consequences of our actions?

Now is the time for a change.

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