MoPH launches extensive campaign to mark World Hand Hygiene Day
To mark World Hand Hygiene Day, celebrated on May 5 every year, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) together with its partners, launched an extensive campaign, highlighting the importance of optimal hand hygiene procedures in delivering healthcare.
The campaign is being carried out across all healthcare facilities in Qatar under the theme ‘Seconds Save Lives- Clean Your Hands.’
MoPH has called on everyone working in healthcare facilities to join the campaign and promote good hand hygiene practices and stress its importance in enhancing the safety of patients, healthcare workers as well as the community.
Director of Strategic Planning and Performance at MoPH, Huda Al Katheeri said, "The campaign highlights the importance of promoting hand hygiene, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting that although COVID-19 vaccines are currently available, hand hygiene, appropriate use of personal protection equipment and other preventive measures are critical for the safe care of COVID-19 patients and other patients.
To prevent infection and ensure access to high-quality health services, healthcare workers, patients, visitors and community members must follow proper hand hygiene practices, she stressed.
Executive Director of Corporate Infection Prevention at Hamad Medical Corporation Dr Jameela Al Ajami commented, "Our fight against COVID-19 has demonstrated the importance of hand hygiene as one of the simplest and most effective ways to prevent the spread of viruses, noting that even though the vaccination levels continue to rise, we should not stop following infection prevention measures such as hand hygiene - including handwashing with soap, using hand sanitizers and reduce the touching surfaces where possible.”
“To overcome COVID-19 and ensure better health outcomes after the pandemic, hand hygiene must remain a priority now and in the future,” she emphasized.
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