In the continuation of the School of Health Technology [SOHT] lecture series, the 6th lecture was held recently. The lecture was delivered by Dr. John Anamelechi Ihebereme, Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Imo state which coincide with the 2014 global hygiene day, titled ‘Role of hand hygiene in combating antimicrobial resistance’.
The Dean, School of Health Technology [SOHT], Prof I. N. S. Dozie stated that the main idea behind the institution of the lecture series is in line with the current university administration’s ‘the quest for excellence’ which encourages schools within the university to be innovative, creative and purposive. He enjoins the participants to make use of the lecture in their life and change their attitudes towards hand cleanliness.
Dr Ihebereme stated that hand washing is an act of cleaning one’s hand with or without the use of water or another liquid or with use of soap for the purpose of removing soil, dirt or microorganism, therefore it is one of the most effective ways to reduce the risk of acquiring an infections including those that are resistant to antimicrobes.
He encourages hand washing before food preparation, eating, feeding of children, and after defaecation, cleaning babies, sneezing, etc with soap or alcohol based cleanser.
To prevent antimicrobial resistance, he called on patients to discuss with their healthcare provider the appropriate medicine for their illness to avoid overuse, underuse or misuse, challenged patients to face their doctors, nurses, and other healthcare practitioners to always wash their hand accordingly before touching them, regulate eating chicken, and other animals that are on regular antibiotics among others.
In his closing remark, Prof I. N. S. Dozie reemphasizes on the importance of hand washing and challenged his school [SOHT] to lead by example in inculcating hygiene and environment friendly attitudes, thereby exporting it to others for the betterment of society.
The lecture was well attended by the school principal officers, lecturers, students and others.
.Mohammed Sani Garba, Public Health Technology department, Federal University of Technology, Owerri.