The Global Hand Hygiene Day of WHO – 2017- supported by The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists

by Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke

Hand hygiene is the core element in Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in healthcare setting and is very important in combating antibiotic resistance.

Campaigning each year on or around 5 May is one important part of improving behaviour towards IPC best practices, especially hand hygiene.

This year the campaign materials are all co-branded with 'Fight antibiotic resistance - it's in your hands' to demonstrate unity between antimicrobial resistance and IPC efforts. The Sri Lanka College of Microbiologists supported this cause by using the “Photograph promotional board” designed by the WHO.

A presentation on the " Guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programmes at the national and acute health care facility level of WHO” was done by Dr Kushlani Jayatilleke, Consultant Microbiologist, Sri Jayewardenapura General Hospital, Nugegoda, on 5th of May to the college members.