| Azlan Othman |
ALL officers and staff of Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) hospital are required to pledge to keep their hand hygiene through the QR code scanner provided either through a computer screen, email link or poster. All QR code scan will be collected and recorded by the Disease Control Unit.
This was revealed when RIPAS Hospital celebrated World Hand Hygiene Day at the hospital’s Outpatient Department yesterday.
World Hand Hygiene Day is celebrated on May 5 every year.
The theme for World Hand Hygiene Day chosen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) this year is ‘Clean Care for All-It’s in Your Hands’.
In line with this theme, RIPAS hospital launched the hand hygiene pledge initiative for hospital staff, especially officers and staff on duty at the hospital.
The initiative by RIPAS hospital is a continuation of the Hands Hygiene Awareness Campaign 2019 held last January.
This initiative aims to show the seriousness of RIPAS hospital in ensuring safe and quality healthcare services through hand hygiene care; raising awareness at all levels of the importance and effectiveness of hand hygiene in preventing and controlling infections: and increasing compliance by all parties including patients, visitors and healthcare staff on hand hygiene practices.
Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health Haji Abdul Manap bin Othman was the guest of honour at the launch yesterday.
The event started with the recitation of Surah Al-Fatihah and Doa Selamat.
In his welcoming speech, RIPAS Hospital Acting Chief Executive Officer Haji Abdul Khalid As’ari bin Haji Azahari said to support the theme for this year’s World Hand Hygiene Day and in line with the strategic priority of the Ministry of Health which is ‘Health is Everyone’s Business’, RIPAS hospital urges and seeks cooperation from all to jointly prevent and control infections either relating to healthcare or any infections by enhancing compliance on the proper hand hygiene practice.
The guest of honour officiated the event by placing his palm on canvas for hand painting, followed by a demonstration of proper hand hygiene procedure and further check on cleanliness through the Ultraviolet Handwashing Kit.
Deputy Permanent Secretary (Professional) at the Ministry of Health Dr Haji Zulaidi bin Haji Abdul Latif; Deputy Permanent Secretary (Policy and Management) Maswadi bin Haji Mohsin; Acting Director-General of Medical and Health Pengiran Dr Haji Khalifah bin Pengiran Haji Ismail, officers and staff of RIPAS hospital were also present.