As a mom, I have imparted to my daughter the importance of always being present in class as education is one of the things we prioritize in our family. One missed school day is equivalent to a thousand missed opportunities for her to learn new academic and non-academic things. That’s why I always ensure that she’s healthy and protected from environmental factors that can possibly cause her sickness.
Aside from the importance of education, another valuable thing that I teach my daughter is proper toilet hygiene. Being the meticulous mom that I am, I always make sure that our toilet at home doesn’t only look clean, but totally clean. After all, my family’s safety is at stake if I rely on substandard bathroom cleanliness. However, when we are out and we have no other choice but to use public toilets which I’m totally sure not 100% clean, I sanitize it first and I never let my daughter sit like a princess.
There is this study conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) stating that children around the world miss an estimated 443 million school days each year because of diseases caused by poor sanitation and hygiene practices, including using unsanitary toilets. So imagine how many missed chances for the kids to broaden their knowledge.
This number of sick days is equivalent to all grade school and high school classrooms in the Philippines being empty for one month. This sanitation-related concern hinders the children’s learning and significantly reduces their quality of life.
Diarrhoeal disease and parasitic worm infections are two illnesses caused by poor toilet sanitation which can lead to nutritional deficiencies, physical and mental stunting, and death. It’s sad that millions of children in rural communities and urban households nationwide are exposed to these health problems by using dirty toilets populated by disease-carrying germs everyday.
“The simple act of proper toilet sanitation can help prevent the spread of these germs. However, children continue to be at risk from these deadly diseases because many households still use ordinary laundry bleach to clean their toilet bowls, which is not enough to kill all toilet germs.” Dr. Luisa Efren of the Philippine Public Health Association (PPHA) stated.
“A toilet that looks clean to the naked eye may not necessarily be free from germs and bacteria. So, it is very important to properly sanitize all surfaces using a germ-kill expert with proven efficacy in eliminating bacteria, and not just any ordinary laundry bleach,” Dr. Efren warned.
DOMEX One Million Clean Toilets Movement
Unilever Philippines through its germ-kill expert brand Domex, has been working with UNICEF and PPHA to champion the One Million Clean Toilets Movement for the past three years. This advocacy program aims to educate Filipinos on proper toilet hygiene and the need for sanitized household toilets to keep their families safe against disease-causing germs.
This November 13, we will be celebrating the World Toilet Day, I encourage everyone, most especially my fellow moms to join the One Million Clean Toilets Movement in the fight against disease causing germs to save lives, one clean toilet at a time.
You can also help the 1 Million Clean Toilets Movement fight against disease by spreading awareness on the sanitation issue caused unsanitary toilets. Watch and share the “Sick Days” video to help keep your family and friends germ-free.
To learn more about Domex and how you can stay safe from disease with a germ-free home, visit Domex Philippines on Facebook.