Time and again, we have been told to keep our hands clean and wash them regularly — after coming from outside (especially crowded places) before and after eating, after using the washroom, or when entering the house. Although hand hygiene is not a novice, it has assumed more significance owing to the current health crisis i.e coronavirus The global consensus is that washing hands regularly with soap and water for about 20 seconds is the best way to prevent the spread of this communicable disease covid-19.
World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated every year on May 5. The main goal of the Global Hand Hygiene Day campaign is to recognize that handwashing is one of the most effective actions to reduce the spread of pathogens and prevent infections, including the COVID-19 virus. Health workers community members alike can play a role in preventing infections by practising regular and frequent handwashing.
The day mobilises people around the world to increase adherence to hand hygiene in healthcare facilities, thus protecting healthcare workers and patients from infections.
This year the campaign theme, ‘Save Lives: Clean your hands,’ is aligned with the Year of the Nurse and the Midwife, and recognise nurses and midwives as frontline heroes and highlight their critical roles. The campaign makes a call to action to policy-makers to provide safe work environments for nurses and improve staffing levels.
Additionally, it calls on infection prevention and control (IPC) leaders to empower nurses and midwives in providing clean care.
As part of the 2020 campaign, WHO and partners aim to:
- Make hand hygiene a global priority
- Inspire hand hygiene and behaviour change
- Engage with healthcare workers in their role in clean care and the prevention of infections
The right way to wash our hands:
Some soap should be taken to create lather. Specific areas such as back of your hands, in between your fingers, the end of your fingers, thumb, palms, wrist, fist and the top of your hand again should be emphasized. Rinse the soap from your hands.