As the World Hand Hygiene Day is observed on 5th May every year, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has pledged its commitment to ensure that the safety of every health workers’ are save from infectious diseases.
Director General of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu who was ably represented by the director, prevention and management department, Dr. Chiwe Ochu, made this known in a campaign to mark this year Hand Hygiene Day.
Ihekweazu said, NCDC have the mandate to keep Nigeria safe from infectious diseases of public health and one strategic thing we are living is to have a focus on disease prevention by getting a soap and a water to wash our hands which is one of the effective ways of preventing infection.
He said Covid-19 has taught us a great lesson globally, ” we have learnt that it is not always the big case but even the small thing we neglect and ignore could be the key for our survival as individual, family even as a nation.
In the same vain, the teamlead, anti microbial resistance and infection prevention and control program, NCDC, Tochi Okwor said as per the World Health Organisation, WHO, the aim of this day is to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement across the globe.
She expressed that in the present times, this day holds a lot of significance in our lives as we are battling against the COVID-19 pandemic.
This day is observed to make people aware of the importance of hand hygiene, saying that the aim of this day is to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement across the world.
Also, Chairperson of the infection prevention control committee, IPCC, Dr Nkolika Uwaezuoke said the save lives: clean your hands annual global campaign was launched in 2009 by the world health organization as part of a major global effort to improve hand hygiene. This campaign is celebrated annually on the 5th of May and has come to be known globally as the “world hand day”
“The main aim of this campaign is to maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene within the healthcare settings and to bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement around the world, adding that the hand care hygiene day therefore focuses on the importance of improving hand hygiene within the health setting.
For this year’s world hand hygiene day, 5 May 2021, campaign theme the ultimate goal is to: Achieve effective hand hygiene action on the point Or care (the place where their elements come together) ie the patient, healthcare workers and care on treatment.