May 5, 2012: World Hand Hygiene Day being observed

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The World Hand Hygiene Day observed on May 5, 2012.

Objective:

– To create awareness among the general public about the importance of hand hygiene.

– To improve hand hygiene in the health care sector, where the cleanliness of hands is often credited with saving more lives than most medical breakthroughs.

– The day stimulates care providers world-wide and to recognize hand hygiene and other relevant infection control techniques as necessity for patient safety.

Theme of the year: ‘Save lives – clean your hands’

The WHO had launched this campaign in the year 2009 to create cognizance about the benefits of meliorated hand hygiene.

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