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Cleanliness Promotes Good Health

One of the most important things we can do for our own benefit is to maintain our health. A person in good health is in good state of mind. One of the measures we can do to keep the body in good health is ensure cleanliness and personal hygiene. HYGIENE "is a set of practices that are conducive to the preservation of health, such as cleanliness" (Sorensen & Lukemann, 1994,p. 892). Cleanliness is therefore an essential tool to maintain both our personal hygiene and environmental hygiene.

Disease like diarrhoea, cold, hepatitis can be prevented if only one maintains good personal hygiene. Caring of the hands and feet, mouth care, hair wash and bathing are good measures to help maintain one in a good state of health. Some essential measures to ensure personal cleanliness are; washing your hands regularly, bathing often (can be twice a day- recommended), do not walk barefoot, brush your teeth regularly, check your hairs for lice and other insects.

Ensuring cleanliness in the home cannot be ignored in maintaining our health. You cannot maintain personal hygiene and live out environmental hygiene if one wants to be in good state of health. Cleanliness at the home requires; keeping animals clean, cleaning up waste, avoiding spitting inside, covering your mouth when coughing, ensuring cleanliness of food and water, covering food, washing fruits and vegetables before use, burning garbage.

Cleanliness therefore requires personal and environmental hygiene. God expects us to keep our body clean and in good state. He demonstrated cleanliness when he washed the disciple’s feet during the Lord’s Supper. He poured water into the washbasin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to dry them with the towel He had wrapped around Himself. (John 13:5 [NET]).

The Bible tells us that our body is the temple of the Lord. As we cannot go to an uncleaned temple to worship, so are we to cleanse our body. Cleanliness is next to godliness. The LORD commanded us to obey all these statutes and to revere him so that it may always go well for us and he may preserve us, as he has to this day. (Deut 6:24 [NET]).

By Michael Adarkwah Agyemang

Ghana.

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