By Hassan Zaggi
The wife of the Senate President, Mrs Toyin Saraki, has charged the federal government to implement World Health Organisationa��s (WHO) World Assembly Resolution on Sepsis.
Sepsis, according to experts,A�is the body’s overwhelming and life-threatening response to infection that
can lead to tissue damage, organ failure, and death. In other words, it is the
body’s over active and toxic response to an infection.
Mrs Saraki has, therefore, declared war on Sepsis and poor hygiene in health centres across the country.
Speaking while delivering a keynote address at the commemoration of theA�International Day of the Midwife (IDM) in Abuja, Mrs Saraki stressed that:A�a�?The health sector in Nigeria and around the world must implement the WHO 2017 World Health Assembly Sepsis Resolution.
a�?Hand hygiene must be a quality indicator in every facility and a national marker of health care quality, with access to soap and water monitored and assessed.
a�?I am declaring war on sepsis and poor hygiene in health centres a�� alongside midwives and nurses. I will promote hand hygiene amongst health workers and champion WASH in healthcare facilities.a�? A�A�
She, however, revealed that: a�?Here in Nigeria, the WHO found that 29% of healthcare facilities do not have access to safe water and toilets, whilst a WaterAid survey revealed that half of primary health facilities do not have hand washing facilities in delivery rooms.
a�?Pregnant women and newborns are thereby placed in huge danger and at risk of sepsis, which is a leading cause of death in hospitals.
a�?Without adequate Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) facilities, however, midwives all over the world are unable to safely carry out their crucial work a�� and to lead the way with quality care.a�?
Mrs Saraki, therefore, applauded frontline health workers for their passion and dedication to saving lives.
She assured that front line health workers of her commitment to always championing a�?your voices and your priorities a�� and making sure that your experiences and knowledge are at the forefront as we create a better and safer health care system.a�?
It would be recalled that on Friday last week, Mrs Saraki launched the global WASH campaign which was initiated by her foundation- the Wellbeing Foundation Africa in partnership with the WHO, Global Water 2020 and others.
The aim of the campaign is to transform water, sanitation and hygiene in healthcare centres and schools around the world.
Speaking during the launch of the campaign, the WHO representative in Nigeria, Dr. Wondi Alemu,A�A�said:A�a�?We know that health facilities must be a focus for us to concentrate on patient safety a�� hand washing is key for all facilities, including in primary healthcare. Implementing hygiene standards in health centres will bring down disease transmission.
a�?I would like to assure you that the whole of WHO supports the foundation in this campaign and I commit myself as the WHO representative to support you.a�?