Hand Hygiene’ll Prevent Infectious Diseases – Expert

Posted on: Wed 11-05-2022

The General Manager of Reckitt Sub-Sahara Africa, Akbar Shah, has urged Nigerians to embrace regular hand washing habit, saying it is key to protecting people against infectious diseases.

Shah, according to a statement on Tuesday, said this during the product donations to the Federal Medical Centre, Abuja as part of its activities to mark the 2022 World Hygiene Day held on May 5.

He said, “Hand hygiene is a key protective measure against infectious diseases and helps prevent further transmission. As we have seen recently, hand cleaning is at the core of emergency responses to many infectious diseases, such as Influenza and COVID-19, and it continues to be an essential tool for infection prevention and control everywhere.

“Dettol is leading the change as we prioritise the culture of clean hands through our solutions of antibacterial products, hence, we encourage individuals at all levels on the need for regular hand washing to prevent infections and save lives.”

The Chief Medical Director, Federal Medical Centre, Abuja, Prof Saad Ahmed, who was represented by the Head, Clinical Services, FMC, Dr. Ezechila Joseph, said Nigerians must continue to be united in the fight against COVID-19 and other diseases.

“As we come to mark this World Hand Hygiene Day, let’s unite, let this consciousness and awareness be rekindled in us so that we ensure that everyone and no one is left behind. Because only one person not adhering and not uniting can become a hazard to every one of us,” he said.