Katsina celebrates World Hand Hygiene Day in style
Katsina state government has charged health workers in the state to ensure they maintain adequate hand hygiene before and after attending to patients.
The Permanent Secretary, state ministry of Health, Dr. Kabir Mustapha, made the call during a press conference to celebrate World Hand Hygiene Day.
Mustapha said the day was set aside by the World Health Organization to “maintain global promotion, visibility and sustainability of hand hygiene in health care.”
He called on health workers to imbibe the habit of washing their hands with soap and water before attending to patients as such will help in sustaining health care.
Mustapha said maintaining hand hygiene helps in tackling “bacteria, viruses, chemicals and soil dirt that cause personal harm or disease to individuals.”
He however said hand hygiene is not exclusive to health personnel, stressing the need for the general public to also join in maintaining strick hygiene to avoid being infected with common illnesses.
According to him, diseases like Polio, cholera, Gastroenteritis, COVID-19, Typhoid were easily spread through unwashed hands.
He added that “in hospitals and other health centres, health workers sometimes unknowingly spread diseases and viruses to their patients and others with unclean hands.”
He called on management of health centres to ensure hand washing facilities are adequately acquired and used accordingly.