Hygiene and sanitation are of cardinal importance. Lack of hygiene and sanitation can lead to detrimental consequences. Although, India has seen tremendous growth in terms of infrastructure and economy, there is still a lot to be done to improve the sanitation facilities in the nation. Only ideas and policies to improve the sanitation facilities in the nation won’t suffice, there should be proper implementation as well. Unhygienic habits and lack of proper sanitation facilities are the major reasons for the rise in diseases.
To a great extent, poverty and unemployment are the main reasons for the unhygienic practices in India. Illiteracy is another major reason for the ignorance and unhygienic practices prevailing in the nation. A large number of people in India are uneducated and thus they are unaware about the advantages of healthy habits and hygienic practices. Education plays a crucial role in making people understand the value of good health and proper sanitation. The government should ensure that everyone gets proper health education as well. If we try to cultivate health consciousness and healthy habits from a very early age in children then these good habits will remain with them forever. Thus, we should never shun the importance of education and health education in particular.
In India superstition is another factor that obstructs the growth of healthy habits and health consciousness. In a country like India, superstition is a major social problem. Specially, in villages and in the rural areas superstition is a major reason that stops people from implementing modern sanitation practices. Generally people say that superstitions are due to lack of education. But, in India even educated people have also been observed following superstitions. Efforts should be made to educate people about the disadvantages of superstitions.
In India still a large number of people in the villages defecate in the open. This is the major reason for the spread of diseases. This practice of excreting in the open is an open invitation to a large number of diseases. Most of diseases are contagious as well thus the damage is enormous. The elimination of open defecation is an important part in the development efforts. There may be various reasons for people defecating in the open. Lack of toilets is one of the main reasons. Other reasons may be lack of hygienic habits, illiteracy, poverty, ignorance, superstitions et al. Proper sanitation facilities and well maintained toilets are essential, especially for the women. As far as women are concerned, it is not just a matter of health but it is also a matter of safety and dignity.
Efforts should be made to improve sanitation facilities in the nation. The government should strive to provide decent sanitation facilities and proper toilets to the citizens of the nation. Sanitation solutions that offer a better value than open defecation should be introduced. Political will coupled with a focus on behaviour change can do wonders in this case!
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