By ; Dr. Geethika Patabendige
Global Handwashing Day is an annual global advocacy day dedicated to increasing awareness and understanding about the importance of hand washing as to prevent infectious diseases and save lives. It is celebrated annually on October 15 worldwide and it is an opportunity to encourage public and healthcare workers to wash their hands at critical times.
The 2017 Global Handwashing Day theme is “Our Hands Our Future!” emphasizing how hand washing protects our health allowing us to build our own future. It is very timely in the era of increasing trend of multidrug resistant and pandrug resistant microorganisms in healthcare as well as community settings.
The infection control unit of NHSL organized a hand washing ceremony in two sessions morning and afternoon filled with different types of educational activities namely hand washing step dances, dramas, ”viridu”, presentations, hand washing demonstrations and hands on experiences etc. targeting the healthcare workers in commemorating the Global hand Washing Day 2017 on October 20 , 2017 because we strongly believe that behavioural change in the healthcare workers is of utmost importance in preventing and controlling healthcare associated infections for which WHO five moments of hand washing contributes very strongly.