Hands up for hygiene!

Posted on 10 June 2015

How often do you wash your hands? Effective hand hygiene is a personal responsibility – and an important everyday way of protecting your own health and that of everyone you come into contact with.

Every day, pathogenic organisms accumulate on our hands as we come into contact with objects, surfaces and other people. Without even being aware of it, as we touch our eyes, nose or mouth, we could be infecting ourselves. We could also be spreading germs to other people: by shaking hands with the new neighbour, paying for our morning cup of coffee, lending a colleague a pen or even when preparing dinner for the family…

In good hands
Mediclinic supports The World Health Organization’s annual hand hygiene awareness campaign by actively participating in World Hand Hygiene Day on 5 May every year. Hand hygiene is a critical aspect of Patient Safety – one of Mediclinic’s core values. The group is committed to spreading the word among healthcare workers, patients and visitors at its facilities around the world about the significant role of this practice in managing good health, and regularly monitors compliance.


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