Mangalore: Hand hygiene campaign at Father Muller Medical College Hospital

Mangalore: Father Muller Medical College Hospital- Hospital Infection Control Department observed World Hand Hygiene Day on 5th May 2018. 

On Saturday, on May 5th, 2018, healthcare facilities, health workers, the World Health Organization, and countless committed partners all around the world celebrated World Hand Hygiene Day, drawing attention to why hand hygiene is so crucially important. This year, the slogan was "It's in your hands - prevent sepsis in healthcare". 

As a prelude a hand hygiene awareness campaign was organised from 3rd to 5th May 2018. The inaugural of hand hygiene awareness campaign was on 3rd May at 7.15 am. at Asha Kiran Grounds, FMMCH. 

Fr Rudolf Ravi D’Sa, Administrator, Father Muller Medical College Hospital presided over the inaugural. Dr Prathvi Shetty, Associate professor Dept of General Surgery was the Chief Guest, Sr Janet D’Souza, Chief Nursing Officer FMMCH, Dr Rekha B Hand Infection Control Committee (HICC) Convenor were the other dignitaries on the dias. 

The programme started with the prayer song. Ms Shiji P J secretary, HICC, welcomed the gathering. The theme - “It’s in your hands: to prevent sepsis in health care” was unveiled –by releasing the balloons by the dignitaries. 

Dr Thomas SK HICO recited the oath to the health care providers on following the hand hygiene. Dr Prathvi Shetty briefed about the importance of hand hygiene in the daily routine. 

Fr Rudolf Ravi D’Sa in his presidential address stressed on the hand hygiene compliance and motivated the staff to set the hand hygiene bench mark of 100%. 

The HIC team recognised the best High risk area Neonatal Intensive care unit and ward (Gynaecology) for having the good hand hygiene compliance. 

Ms Reema D’Souza, HICN proposed the vote of thanks. The formal programme ended with the institutional anthem at 8.am . 

The hand hygiene campaign began by initiating the hand hygiene drill by the Hospital Infection Control Nurses to the dignitaries on and Off the Dias, ANS and Nursing fraternity and the drill will be continued for three days by demonstrating and distributing the badges. 

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