Understanding the Importance of Hand-washing
by: Maria Analiza San Juan, R.N., CIC
When I was a child, my parents taught me the importance of washing my hands, which was reinforced in school. In every class, from preschool until the end of elementary level, we washed our hands before lunch. The handwashing ritual and the importance of hygiene for a healthy life were ingrained in me forever.
Now that I am working in a healthcare institution, that lesson took me into believing that universally, proper handwashing practices is vital – whether it be at home, health care facilities, schools or community gatherings.
October 15, 2015 marked annual Global Handwashing Day, another successful and fun-filled campaign held at Mary Mediatrix Medical Center with the theme “Raise a Hand for Hygiene”, to spread the message that clean hands saves lives. Since 2008, Global Handwashing Day has been celebrated annually on October 15 worldwide.
This year’s campaign was led by the Infection Prevention and Control Committee (IPCC), in coordination with the MMMC-Labor Management Council and Marketing Department. The campaign aimed to increase awareness and understanding of the importance of handwashing as a key approach to disease prevention. In addition to cold and flu germs, handwashing with soap minimizes the transmission of other illnesses seen on a global level like diarrhea, pneumonia and other contagious diseases.
Activities included Handwashing demonstration (sponsored by Kimberly Clark Philippines that provided the mobile sink and freebies), followed by a dance mobile to the tune of “Happy” by the Nursing Service Trainees at different Nurses stations. The advocacy campaign continued with an informative health talk on “Importance of Handwashing” by Ms. Mhayzel Delgado, one of our Infection Control Nurses. This was attended by our employees and participants from St. Agustin School of Nursing.
During the campaign the IPCC also conducted an annual Healthy Hand Washing Survey to track attitudes and behaviors concerning handwashing.
For this year’s celebration we awarded LG Aleli O. Portinto for being the HANDWASHING CHAMPION. Special awards were given to Ms. Elvira Reynante, LMC Chairman, and Mr. Chlionne Perez, choreographer of Dance Mobile – Nursing Service Trainees.
Thanks to all who made this activity possible and ensured the success of this worthy advocacy.