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Flash mob to sensitise hand hygiene

Flash mob to sensitise hand hygiene
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To commemorate the World Hand Hygiene Day, held on May 5 every year, Apollo Hospitals hosted a Flash mob dance on Friday at Apollo Hospitals in...

Hyderabad: To commemorate the World Hand Hygiene Day, held on May 5 every year, Apollo Hospitals hosted a Flash mob dance on Friday at Apollo Hospitals in Jubilee Hills. The dance was to sensitise the patients, visitors and staff on the need to maintain hand hygiene (cleaning hands). Hospital consultants, medical, para-medical staff, patients and their attendants participated in the programme. Students of Sri Venkateswara College of Pharmacy performed a thought provoking and educative flash mob dance.

Dr Ratna Rao, Head of Microbiology Department, Apollo Hospitals said that lack of hand hygiene is the single most potent cause of an infection, be it hospital or home. Cleaning hands is vital, as germs in our hands are invisible to the eye. “We remain under the impression that our hands are clean, but the danger of infection is lurking, with the presence of germs on unclean hands,” she added. Even as children, we had our elders emphasising on washing our hands before consuming food and that is deeply instilled in us as a habit, she said.

Hand hygiene is extremely critical in healthcare set up too. It is the only act which can ensure patients being safe from getting infections, she added. Every year World Health Organisation celebrates May 5 as Hand hygiene day to re-emphasise the importance of clean hands and this year the slogan is ‘Prevent sepsis –clean hands’.

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