SAUDI ARABIA: Health Ministry starts ‘Clean Your Hands’ campaign Saturday
Posted: May 3rd, 2012 - 6:52pm
Source: Arab News
The Kingdom will join the World Health Organization (WHO) in observing the organization’ global annual “Clean Your Hands” campaign on Saturday, the Ministry of Health announced in Riyadh yesterday.
“Cleaning hands in proper ways prevents a number of diseases including hepatitis-A, diarrheal diseases, and intestinal parasites. It also prevents bacteria that cause infections in health facilities,” Director General of the General Department of Combating Infection at the Ministry of Health Dr. Abdullah Al-Asiri said in Riyadh.
Al-Asiri said this year, his department carried out 12 training courses for 260 health workers and eight workshops in collaboration with the World Health Organization on various factors that affect the general health of people.
The director general explained the observance of this day would include a number of scientific meetings to educate employees. The community members will be honored as outstanding workers in health facilities in the area of hand hygiene, he added.