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Poor hygiene ‘still causing infections’


Poor hygiene ‘still causing infections’

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PATIENTS ARE STILL affected by health care-associated infections, said Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr Joy St John.

Speaking at the Geriatric’s Hospital’s Hand Hygiene Day celebrations she outlined the importance of personal hygiene in health care institutions.

“According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), half of these infections could be prevented through the practice of good hand hygiene during patient care. The importance of proper hand hygiene practices, as they relate to public health, will no doubt extend to those persons who handle food,” she said.

“Scientific evidence has also suggested that we may be living in an era in which antibiotic resistance can pose a threat to our health care systems, especially in our efforts at reducing the burden of disease.” (SB)

Please read the full story in today’s Sunday Sun, or in the eNATION edition.