Oct 17 : The Global Hand Washing day celebrated worldover on October 15th 2019 was observed by the Hospital Infection Control Department along with the Nursing Service Department at Father Muller Medical College Hospital. The inauguration was held in the morning at 7.15 am at the entrance of the Asha Kiran block. Rev Father Richard Aloysius Coelho, Director, Father Muller Charitable Institutions presided over the function and Dr Udaya Kumar, Medical superintendent, Father Muller Medical College Hospital was the chief guest.

Rev. Fr Rudolph Ravi D’Sa Administrator of Father Muller Medical College Hospital, Rev Fr Ajith Menezes, Administrator, Father Muller Medical College, Rev Fr. Nelson Pais, Assistant Administrator of Father Muller Medical College Hospital, Rev. Sr Jacintha D’Souza, Principal Father Muller College of Nursing, Dr Rekha B, HICC Chairperson and Dr Thomas S K, HICO, the staff nurses and interns were present for the inaugural. Dr Thomas S K welcomed the gathering of doctors, ANS’s, nurses; ward in-charges, link nurses, male and female orderlies. This was followed by unveiling of the banner of this year’s Global Hand Washing Day themed “CLEAN HANDS FOR ALL” and releasing of balloons by the dignitaries. Dr Rekha B. pledged the oath on hand hygiene. A demonstration of the WHO 6 steps of hand hygiene was done by Ms Sabitha.B.Pinto, Hospital infection control nurse.

Dr Uday Kumar in his message stressed the importance of hand washing not only at the hospital level but also to raise an awareness of the same in schools in and around Mangalore. Rev Father Richard Aloysius Coelho, in his presidential address mentioned that there is no substitute for hand wash in prevention of hospital acquired infections and in everyday practice reduces the lost work/study hours. As part of the celebrations, events such as the hand hygiene drills were conducted at the hospital Conference hall by the HIC nurses and at the ward level and OT’s by ANS’s with announcements on the importance of this day being aired on the hospitals PA system at 11am and at 3pm. WHO hand hygiene audits will be done during the course of the week and those who excel in the audits will be awarded prizes. Ms Henita, ANS proposed the vote of thanks. The programme ended at 7:50 am.

October 15 is Global Handwashing Day, a global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of handwashing with soap as an effective and affordable way to prevent diseases and save lives. Global Handwashing Day is an opportunity to design, test, and replicate creative ways to encourage people to wash their hands with soap at critical times.

Worldwide, 30 000 women and 400 000 babies die every year from infections, such as puerperal sepsis, often caused by lack of water, sanitation and poor hand-washing practices. In an era of antimicrobial resistance it is crucial that all midwives wash their hands at key moments – before and after touching a patient, before medical procedures, and after being exposed to bodily fluids. Handwashing with soap contributes to better health, nutrition, education, and equity. This practice can help achieve many of the Sustainable Development Goals as advocated by the World Health Organisation.

The Father Muller Medical College Hospital is the premier hospital in Mangalore which has been completely NABH accredited and follows stringent asepsis rules.

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