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The importance of Hand Hygiene

The Caroni South Infection Prevention and Control Unit held their World Hand Hygiene Day celebration at the Couva District Heath Facility on May 7th, 2019. The day was dedicated to escalating awareness about the risk of cross contamination which can occur in the absence of proper hand hygiene techniques in any environment.

After a lecture on the Origination and Importance of Hand Hygiene there was for a call for staff, patients and visitors to pledge their support for proper hand hygiene by participating in the handwashing simulation exercise. This was done using water based paint to simulate soap or sanitizer. All participants received achievement stickers and were invited to show their support for this initiative by stamping painted hands on the "World Hand Hygiene Day 2019” banner.

As part of the day’s activities there were interdepartmental games with an infection control theme. The winners were:

1st place - Accident and Emergency Department

2nd place - Pharmacy Department

3rd place - Laboratory Department

A Special prize was awarded to Human Resources Department for highest staff participation in both activities on the day.

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