JOHOR BARU: Hospital Sultanah Aminah (HSA) literally washed their hands into the Malaysia Book of Records by creating awareness on self-hygiene among their staff.
Johor Health Department director Datuk Dr Mohd Khairi Yakub said besides creating a new record, the Hand Wash Relay programme is a good initiative taken by the hospital to spread the importance of washing hands among the public.
A total of 816 individuals took part in the Hand Wash Relay, which is a record itself for having a large number of people washing their hands at one time, held at the hospital here on Dec 3.
The programme was participated in by 493 HSA staff, including nurses and doctors as well as 323 state Health Department personnel as well.
Dr Mohd Khairi pointed out that according to the World Health Organisation (WHO), there are at least 1.4 million cases of Health Care Acquired Infection (HAI) being reported at hospitals and health centres.
“The frequent practise of washing our hands helped to decrease HAI from occurring, especially within hospitals.
“Programmes such as this prove our commitment to ensure the department’s staff are always in good health and support WHO’s effort in reducing the disease,” he said in his speech.
Dr Mohd Khairi said the HAI disease is contagious and could be life threatening to a patient.
He stressed that washing hands regularly was effective in reducing the risk of getting the disease by up to 25%.
“I do hope that this programme will continue from time to time and involve others, especially the hospital’s patients to help create awareness on the importance of hygiene,” said Dr Mohd Khairi.