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World Hand Hygiene Day: FG Pledges Safety For Health Workers

The Nigeria Centre For Disease Control (NCDC) has reiterated its commitment towards the safety of all health workers in the country from infectious diseases.

The NCDC Director General, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu stated this in Abuja at a campaign to commemorate the 2021 Hand Hygiene Day.

Ihekweazu  who was represented by the Director, Prevention and Management Department of the agency, Dr. Chinwe Ochu said, NCDC has the primary mandate to keep Nigeria safe from infectious diseases. 

He said that as an organization, its major focus is on disease prevention, and the best strategy in doing that is by creating awareness on proper hand wash which is using soap and water to wash hands.

According to him, proper hand wash is one of the most effective ways of preventing infections.
” 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”, he said.

In the same vain, the Team Leader, Anti Microbial Resistance And Infection Prevention And Control  programmes, NCDC, Tochi Okwor, said that for World Health Organisation (WHO) the aim of this day is to bring people together in support of hand hygiene improvement across the globe.
She,however, 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. She said that the campaign is celebrated annually on the 5th of May and has come to be known globally as the “world hand washing 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”.
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