It is rightly said "Cleanliness is next to Godliness". Cleanliness means keeping our body, mind, and everything around us clean. This is a good habit. It should be cultivated from early life. Hygiene refers to the good practices that prevent diseases and leads to good health, especially through cleanliness, proper sewage disposal, and supply of safe drinking water. It refers to all those activities that are done for improving and preserving, maintaining sound health.
The proverb says that health is wealth. It is truly said that of all things in the world health is the most valuable that one can possess. Money is no doubt a pleasant thing. However, it can give no pleasure to a man of ruined health. As body and mind are closely connected, the mind cannot be sound and cheerful without sound health.
Life is a great struggle, and health is the best weapon to be successful in the battle of life. A healthy man can enjoy life in every way. An unhealthy man lives a most miserable life. He may have intelligence, merit and wealth, but he cannot put them to use and reap their benefits.
Pure water is another source of good health. A great deal of sickness is caused by using impure water. People in villages often bathe and wash clothes and cattle in tanks. If this water is used for drinking purposes, it may bring disastrous diseases. To make water pure it should be boiled, so that it may not do any harm. Wholesome food keeps our health good. A part of the food we take serves as fire to keep the body warm; another part forms flesh to give us strength. Stale and rotten food is dangerous for health. Meals should be taken at fixed times. Over-eating causes many diseases. Special care is necessary about food when any epidemic prevails.
Cleanliness is necessary for good health. It is the most important hygiene habit. Dirt spreads diseases because germs thrive in it. They move about with the dust in the air, so a dirty man is easily attacked with diseases. The man, who has a clean body and puts on clean clothes, is free from dirt and dust, and no disease can attack him easily.
Towards creating a healthier society by popularizing preventive measures, Grace Ministry Mangalore organizes cleanliness campaigns on various issues of health and hygiene every Tuesdays & Fridays at its various parts of Dakshina Kannada. Health-weeks and health camps are also generally conducted in centers for people of all ages. Information is also provided on the means of access to the sanitary and hygiene facilities set up by the government, which in turn allows an access to long-term medical care.
In addition to the medical camps, Grace Ministry also conducts awareness campaigns on themes specific to rural life: anemia, malnutrition, clean and safe drinking water, pre- and postnatal care.
This is one of the many ways Grace Ministry shows its concern to impoverished and poor people in the society. The primary target of Grace Ministries conducting this programme is focused towards making people aware of how they can maintain a healthy lifestyle while undertaking various preventing measures.