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Oct 15, 2019

“Vaccines are Everybody’s Business”

This week is being dedicated to raise awareness on the importance of vaccines in preventing diseases and protecting public health. Hand hygiene is an easy and effective way to prevent the spread of infections according to the Ministry of Health.  News Five’s Hipolito Novelo reports on an activity held today to mark International Infection Prevention Week.

 

Hipolito Novelo, Reporting 

The 2019 theme for International Infection Prevention Week is Vaccines are Everybody’s Business. Englebert Emmanuel of the Ministry of Health says that today’s open day was aimed at building awareness in preventing healthcare-associated infections.

 

Englebert Emmanuel

Englebert Emmanuel, M.O.H.

“What we wanted to do for this activity is to demonstrate what are some of the activities that we do within the health facilities to prevent the spread of diseases and also to share with the community what are some prevention measures that they can do to reduce factors associated with the spread of disease to reduce the spread of diseases.”

 

Infection Control Nurse Lourdes Heredia says that the best practice to help prevent the spread of infections is hand hygiene.

 

Lourdes Heredia

Lourdes Heredia, Infection Control Nurse, Corozal Hospital 

“Hand hygiene means cleaning your hands as often as possible and we can do that by using soap and water or using alcohol based hand rub. In the healthcare facility we recommend the W.H.O. five moments of hand hygiene which has to do specifically with healthcare. There are five different times when you should or can clean your hands however in the community setting we still recommend cleaning your hands as often possible especially before eating, using the bathroom which is the key to preventing certain infection.”

 

According to Emmanuel, over the years society has improved in healthy practices to prevent the spread of healthcare-associated infections.

 

Englebert Emmanuel

“Because of our culture we know that one of the things is that it takes some time for people to buy into specific things prevention measures by exampled related to health. We would encourage visitors within the health facilities as they visit their family member within the hospital to wash their hands. Also our healthcare professionals we encourage them to continue to do hand hygiene. I think culture is one of the things that impact us but we have seen some shift. We have seen cleaner environment. We have seen people disposing their waste in the proper area. We have seen improvement.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I am Hipolito Novelo.


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