The World Health Organization is calling on all countries to invest more in the expansion of access to safe water and sanitation for the people.
The WHO Regional Director Dr Matshiditso Moeti said there is a need to unite for safety by practising good hand hygiene.
“We will indeed be better positioned to secure the high quality and safer care which we all envision for future generations of Africans.”
She disclosed this on the occasion of the World hygiene day celebration.
The regional director added that this year’s theme, “Unite for Safety – Clean Your Hands”, focuses specifically on health facilities, with a call to all health workers, patients and their family members to unite on hand hygiene to achieve a culture of high quality and safer care.
“Evidence shows us that effective infection prevention and control measures, including hand hygiene, could reduce healthcare-associated infections by more than half while boosting newborn survival rates by as much as 44%. Correct, frequent hand hygiene also plays a significant role in the fight against epidemics and pandemics, as we have seen from the response to COVID-19 and cholera, as well as the burgeoning threat of anti-microbial resistance.”