Health awareness and staying prepared especially among school children
Antabax in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Education launched the Tangan Bersih Hidup Sihat campaign to increase health preparedness among school children to reduce the spread of communicable diseases such as COVID-19, and Influenza. The launch was held at Sekolah Kebangsaan Putrajaya Presint 11(3), Selangor.
The Tangan Bersih Hidup Sihat campaign developed by Antabax simplifies health preparedness through storytelling, colourful visuals, songs and choreographed movements that help children identify the signs and symptoms of common communicable diseases. The campaign taught the children on preventive measures that can reduce their risk of contracting and spreading communicable diseases, as well as on what to do if they or their friends are feeling unwell.
Globally, the first line of defence for communicable diseases such as the current COVID-19 and Influenza A is to wash hands frequently, or sanitise with an alcohol-based hand sanitiser  to kill germs on hands and avoid transferring these germs to the face, mouth or nose where they can more easily get into the respiratory system.
“Hand washing is a crucial precaution for everyone. Through this campaign, we hope that children will know the importance of hand washing and other basic hygiene practices that can help reduce the spread of communicable diseases,” said Azman Ab Rashid, Assistant Head Director of Health studies department of the Ministry of Health.
More than 300 children and teachers from Sekolah Kebangsaan Presint 11 (3) Putrajaya participated in the health preparedness campaign conducted by a team from the District Health Office, Putrajaya.
Antabax, a homegrown Malaysian brand of Halal hand soap, bar soap, shower cream, hand sanitisers and wipes has been actively championing health preparedness in Malaysia for over a decade.
“Over many campaigns, we have developed content that children understand, remember and practice, that can assist in reducing the spread of communicable diseases. We also contribute our products, so that they have the essentials at hand and at home. It is proven that clean hands save lives, so wash your hands frequently and correctly to reduce the spread of infectious diseases using Antabax or any other brand of hand soap or sanitiser,” said Francis Ng, Senior General Manager of Antabax.
Nur Hakimah binti Roslan, a teacher from Sekolah Kebangsaan Presint 11(3) Putrajaya said that the campaign was well-received by the students as it used easy to understand illustrations, songs and games that delivered the important message of keeping hands clean to save lives.
“Having the Ministry of Health team demonstrate the hygiene steps made the children realise the seriousness of communicable diseases such as influenza, at the same time the storytelling by Antabax helped them remember the steps better,” she said.
“I know how to wash my hands correctly, to cover my nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing and to stay a safe distance from people who are unwell, as well as to tell adults if I have the signs of influenza,” said Zuhaira, a student of the school.
Tips To Reduce the Spread of Communicable Diseases
Wash Hands Frequently
Wash your hands frequently with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if your hands are not visibly dirty.
Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub eliminates the virus if it is on your hands.
Practice respiratory hygiene
When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with flexed elbow or tissue – discard tissue immediately into a closed bin and clean your hands with alcohol-based hand rub or soap and water.
Why? Covering your mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing prevent the spread of germs and viruses. If you sneeze or cough into your hands, you may contaminate objects or people that you touch.
Maintain social distancing
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and other people, particularly those who are coughing, sneezing and have a fever.
Why? When someone who is infected with a respiratory disease, like COVID-19, coughs or sneezes they project small droplets containing the virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the virus.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
Why? Hands touch many surfaces which can be contaminated with the virus. If you touch your eyes, nose or mouth with your contaminated hands, you can transfer the virus from the surface to yourself.
If you have fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical care early
Tell your health care provider if you have travelled in areas where COVID-19 has been reported, or if you have been in close contact with someone who has respiratory symptoms.
Why? Whenever you have fever, cough and difficulty in breathing it’s important to seek medical attention promptly as this may be due to a respiratory infection or other serious condition. Respiratory symptoms with fever can have a range of causes, and depending on your personal travel history and circumstances, 2019-nCoV could be one of them.