-A total of 1500 plus people participated in the activities organized by hospital staff-
Bangalore, February 25th, 2021: It’s been more than a year since the pandemic and every single healthcare expert and concerned individuals have started advocating for the need of handwashing, to reduce the transmission of infection. A rapid surge in COVID cases has encouraged BGS GGH team to voice the need of spreading awareness about “Hand Hygiene to Save lives”. BGS Gleneagles Global Hospital hosts “Hand Hygiene Relay” to spread awareness on Handwashing, a universal solution for the safety of the community and patients. The event was inaugurated today in the esteemed presence of Dr Ananth Rao, Assistant Vice President, Operations at Parkway Healthcare India, Sandeep Kumar, CEO, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals, Dr Kuttapa, HOD Medical Services and Dr ME Mohan, the principal of GIMS at the hospital premises. A mixed crowd of hospital staff, hospital attenders, doctors, and a large community from GIMS, participated in the drive, learning about the 7 steps of handwashing techniques which must be followed to prevent transmission of infection.
The main objective of the event was to educate the hospital staff on how to maintain hygiene in the healthcare facility. The hospital staff and the attenders were explained the importance of using alcohol-based hand sanitizers before handling any patients to avoid any transmission of infection. The nursing staff took the lead in briefing all the other staff of the hospital and the attenders, explaining about when and how to attend critical patients who are vulnerable to various diseases.
To keep the hospital clean and safe, not only includes the active participation of the hospital staff but the patients and visitors at the hospital. It is essential for every individual to follow the 7 steps of Handwashing techniques introduced by WHO, to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. According to the past research, adequate handwashing can lower the rate of gastrointestinal and respiratory diseases in people.
Sandeep Kumar, CEO, BGS Gleneagles Global Hospitals said, “Many health workers in the hospital are constantly exposed to pathogenic bacteria and virus transmitted by patients, while treating them. Our hospital has always given an utmost priority to the health of our staff and clean environment, which eventually leads to providing quality patient care and safety from any external virus invading their body.
“This event has enlightened a larger community on the techniques they must follow while using the hand sanitizer and handwashing to keep diseases at bay. It is essential for them to adopt these hand hygiene techniques in their day to day life, as we live through this pandemic.”
The event was followed by dance performance where the nursing staff demonstrated the 7 steps of handwashing. Later, certificates were awarded to those who participated in the 7 steps programme on Handwashing technique organized by the hospital.
Dr Kuttapa, HOD Medical Services said, “Handwashing in today’s scenario has to be the integral part of our daily routine, especially after getting in contact with the infected person. It is essential to spread this initiative in the public and private sector to create a culture of hand hygiene, which will prevent the spread of COVID infection.”
It is believed that a standard technique of handwashing with soap or using hand sanitizers can avoid diseases such as diarrhea, skin and eye infection, respiratory infection and prevent transmission of viruses.
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