06/05/2015 09:43 GMT+7 Email Print Like 0

“Save Lives: Clean Your Hands” campaign aims to control HAI

Hanoi, May 5 (VNA) – The Ministry of Health and the World Health Organisation (WHO) jointly launched the campaign “Save lives: Clean Your Hands” in Hanoi on May 5, aiming to prevent hospital-acquired infection (HAI) at health care facilities.

This year’s event marked Vietnam’s sixth annual response to the campaign since it was initiated by the WHO in 2009.

According to Associate Professor Luong Ngoc Khue, head of the Health Ministry’s Department of Medical Examination and Treatment, HAI is one of the top challenges and lingering problems in Vietnam and across the world as well.

Many researches showed that HAI is a reason behind fatality rise, prolonged hospitalization, and anti-biotic overuse, he said.

He declared that HAI could be completely controlled through effective bacterial management programmes, including hand cleaning which is the most effective and cheapest way to reduce HAI and protect both patients and health care staff.

During the past six years, the campaign has helped raised public awareness of the need for HAI control, while more resources have been spent on the work.

So far, nearly 500 hospitals across the country have committed to joining the campaign, while other 73 hospitals have registered for engagement via WHO website, making Vietnam the fourth active country of the campaign in the Asia-Pacific region.

At the launch ceremony, several hospitals signed up to respond to the campaign, including Cho Ray Hospital, Bach Mai Hospital, Military Hospital 108, Hue Central Hospital, and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmaceuticals’ Hospital.

A contest to explore knowledge and skills of cleaning hands was also launched among health care facilities nationwide.