The University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH) has engaged 80 Ambassadors to promote regular hand washing campaign towards prevention of infectious diseases and control.
The aim is to commit individuals, groups, families corporate organizations to enforce health safety measures both at workplace and other places.
Addressing Health workers at a Ceremony to mark the 2021 World Health Organization (WHO) Hands Hygiene Day on Wednesday in Benin City, the Chief Medical Director, Prof. Darlington Obaseki, highlighted the importance of Hand washing and enjoined policy makers, health administrators and managers to show commitment towards quality healthcare delivery.
In a presentation, Chairman of the Committee, Dr. (Mrs) Esohe Olivia Ogboghodor, stressed the need for adherence to multi modal strategies include system change, monitoring and evaluation change as well as feedback, surveillance and monitoring system in the hospitals.
“Today, haven been made Ambassador, we multi modal strategy for hands hygiene.
“Because most infectious diseases are microbial Organisms that cannot be seen with our eyes, but with the aid of a microscope.
“So, it is scientific and practical. So, we need the health workers to achieve this mandate through evidence based guidelines.
“We must implement the multi modal strategy for Infection Prevention Control (IPC) programme, monitoring audit and feedback, built environment help to perform.
“Today, UBTH is one of 34 Teaching Hospitals across the federation by the NCDC to be in the orange network.
“The aim of the network is to pioneers the Orange network of IPC to drive behavioral change and perception”, she said.
On his part, the Edo State Covid-19 Incident Manager, Dr. Andrew Obi, called on individuals, groups and families have critical roles to play in prevention of infectious diseases and control.
In his goodwill message, the WHO Representative in Edo State, Mrs. Faith Ireye, described UBTH as a dependable partner during the Covid-19 crisis.
She charged health workers to be professional in the discharge of their duties.
The 2021 World Health Organisation (WHO) Day Theme is “Achieving hand hygiene at the point of care”.
In the meantime, the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has urged stakeholders, including individuals, civil society, the organised private sector and development agencies, to support government in sustaining awareness on the importance of good hand hygiene practices to reduce the risk of transmission of deadly diseases such as Coronavirus (COVID-19), Cholera and Typhoid.
The Governor made the call in commemoration of the World Hand Hygiene Day.