Every year millions of people travel through airports in India but do you know what also travels with them? It is deadly germs and bacteria. A study shows that the frequency with which we now board upon air travel has increased the rate of contagion. Transmission of bacteria, pathogens, and viruses often cause epidemics that spread rapidly all over the world. The transmission of bacteria is hastened through physical contact between humans and airports play a major role in such transmissions. At airports, we see a diversity of people from all over the world and some of them could be carrying infectious pathogens from their country of origin.
Also at airports and inside aircraft, there are many highly contaminated surfaces such as check-in counters, gate benches, lavatories, tray tables, seats, and trolleys which are repeatedly touched by the passengers. There are examples from past and recent epidemics that show how quickly infectious diseases spread around the world through air transportation. The examples include Ebola, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and the widespread H1N1 Influenza. In severe cases, such disease-spreading episodes not only cause global pandemics but also create international health and socio-economic crises. For example, the SARS epidemic in 2003 which led to the cancellation of numerous flights, the closure of schools and a huge panic in Asian markets cost the world around $40 billion.
Till today there is no reliable method to stop the spread of epidemic. Even vaccination is not considered efficacious and besides it requires lots of efforts, time, money and experimenting to perfect the formula. However various reports suggest that personal hygiene is the most important factor to prevent the spread of infection. Coughing etiquette, face masks, and hand hygiene is the most common actions that air travellers can take to stop the spread of germs. From all these actions, handwashing is the simplest and most effective technique for preventing the transmission of viruses and bacteria. In fact both CDC and WHO consider handwashing as the most effective and preventive mechanism against a potential pandemic.
Although keeping hands sanitized has proven to be the most effective method in controlling the spread of diseases, however, the capacity of handwashing facilities at the airports is limited to only washbasins in the washroom areas. But the team of Svaastya can help you implement comprehensive hand hygiene solutions at the airports to prevent the spread of germs.
At Svaastya we have collaborated with GOJO and its hand hygiene products to bring to the airport officials sanitizing solutions that will not only make air travel safer and healthier for the people but also create a safer environment for the airport staff members.
GOJO hand hygiene solutions for airports
The no 1 method to stop the spread of epidemic causing pathogens is to use GOJO green certified hand soaps which can thoroughly cleanse, sanitize and condition your hands. The hand soap touch-free dispensers or the counter mount dispensers can be easily installed near the sink areas of the washrooms. The hand soap dispensers can also be installed in lavatories. GOJO hand soaps have been scientifically tested to eliminate 99.99% of different types of disease-causing germs.
These days not just handwashing but also alcohol-based hand sanitizers have proved to be effective against microbes. GOJO’s invention, Purell advanced hand sanitizer has been scientifically tested to kill 99.99% of germs when water and soap are unavailable. Moreover, new and smart technologies designed by GOJO aim to increase the capacity of hygienic facilities even outside washrooms. For example, Purell stand-alone hand sanitizing dispensers can be positioned at every area of the airport that receives high footfalls. Purell advanced hand sanitizer tabletop bottles can also be positioned at security lines, check-in counters, baggage claim areas, immigration counters, lounges and airport restaurants.
At Svaastya we are certain that with GOJO and Purell hand hygiene solutions we can increase the level of hand cleanliness at all airports in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.