As infections from the second wave of COVID-19 have increased, the habit of washing hands with soap has increased in Bajura.

People have started washing hands with soap in public places, offices, schools, and health organisations. The use of soap to wash hands has also increased with people becoming aware that the habit protects them from infections.

Various government and non-government offices have launched awareness campaigns on the benefits of washing hands with soap and how efficacious it is in preventing coronavirus infection.

Health Rights Improvement Project-HRIP was brought into operation in Bajura with the help of Korean International Cooperation Agency-KOICA and Good Neighbours International. The project has been carrying out different activities promoting sanitation.

Coordinator of the project Debendra Shah said materials for washing hands had been fixed in 40 secondary schools and 16 health organisations in the first phase. He said that it would be effective after schools reopened.

Investigation and Evaluation Officer Upasana Regmi said the community would develop the habit of washing hands after they were habituated in schools and health organisations.

Jugada Health Post In-charge Tilak Neupane said patients has also developed the habit of washing hands after the health post set up places for washing hands. Soap and water tanks, among other materials, were managed. Neupane said chances of transmission of communicable diseases would lessen when people washed their hands with soap and water.

Head teacher at Bhagawati Secondary School Purna Bahadur Shahi said students had developed the habit of washing hands after the hand-washing places were set up in schools.

A version of this article appears in the print on June 4, 2021, of The Himalayan Times.