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WORLD HAND HYGIENE DAY

Citizens have been urged to constantly wash their hands, as it is critical for infection control at a time when the world is battling with the Covid-19 pandemic.

To celebrate the 2021 hand washing Hygiene Day, the  Nigeria Center for Disease Control, in collaboration with the management of Federal Medical Centre Jabi, sensitized the public on the importance of hand washing Hygiene.

In his speech, Medical  Director, Federal Medical Center, Professor Sa’ad Ahmed emphasized the importance of hand washing especially on a day like this.

Professor Ahmed pointed out major elements, which he said are factors that are used to enhance prevention of infection transmission.

Representative of Africa Center for Disease Control, Dr. Chidinma Onuafor, reflecting on the 2021 theme for world Hand washing Day, “Achieving Hand Hygiene at the point of Care” with a slogan “Seconds Save Lives, Clean your hands”, noted that good hand hygiene practices have proved to be the medium in which child mortality rates and other transmitted infections are reduced.

Speaking to newsmen, NCDC Infection Preventio Control Program Coordinator, Dr. Tochi Okwor said COVID-19 has raised the consciousness on the need for prevention control against infections.

She said the NCDC is strategizing through its “Turn Nigeria Orange” to drive all the good hygiene practices in infection prevention.

A statement signed by the NCDC Director General, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, explained that “the COVID 19 pandemic has further exposed the risk of care-associated infections in low and middle income countries, particularly in patients admitted to intensive care units and in neonates. This is a major public health problem in Nigeria and has a significant impact on morbidity, mortality and quality of life.”

Referring to the sub-national theme for Nigeria, the statement revealed that “The national sub-theme for Nigeria this year is “One Nation, One Plan: Turn Nigeria Orange!”.

It added that the sub-theme recognises the efforts that have been made since the launch of the ‘Orange Network’ in 2019.

The statement explained that the Orange Network is a network of dedicated tertiary health facilities in Nigeria supported by NCDC, through the ‘Orange Project’ to become centers of excellence in infection prevention and control.

NCDC recognises that the safety of health workers has to be at the forefront of Nigeria’s response strategy to prevent outbreaks of infectious diseases.

The event, featured a practical guide on hand washing, using alcoholic based sanitizer and awareness an march round the hospital premises to enlighten the people on the importance of the day.

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