Importance of hand hygiene in preventing infection

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HEALTHCARE professionals underscored the importance of proper hand hygiene in a bid to prevent infection from occurring.

This was shared yesterday during a forum titled “Spread the Words, not the Germs” to mark the International Infection and Prevention Week, which take place the third week of October each year. It raises awareness of the role of infection prevention plays to improve patient safety.

Held at the Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health and Sciences Universiti Brunei Darussalam (UBD), the forum discussed the intention behind the awareness event, the implementation of infection control in Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), environmental screening and prevention control of infection indicators.

During the event, Dr Terrence Rohan Chinniah, consultant microbiologist from Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Saleha (RIPAS) Hospital’s Infection Control said that hand washing and hand hygiene is the most important act for the control of infection. It aims to remove the harmful organisms from the skin by effective hand washing.

Two other speakers were Diana Nurulkamilah Yakup, acting infection control and senior staff nurse of JPMC and Rozi Ismail, acting clinical charge nurse from Executive Suite of JPMC.

During the talk, the participants gained knowledge benefits where they learnt hands-on methods that can be carried out to prevent the spread of infection, the advantages of implementing infection control programmes and the essential ways on how to be cautious in their surroundings, said a statement provided by JPMC.

“We are delighted to celebrate the International Infection and Prevention Week with this forum. We believe through the event it educates our community on the importance of preventing infection before it occurs,” said Dato Dr Isham Jaafar, executive and medical director of JPMC.

“The invaluable message is that society must continue to be taught so that the impact of infections can be minimised,” said Dato Dr Isham, who is also the event’s guest of honour.

Still in the same venue, Dr Awang Hj Mohammad Hj Kassim, vice chairman of JPMC’s Infection Control Committee said that the essential key to keep people safe and free of infection is through proper hand hygiene and effective environment cleaning.

“Cleaning your hands is the simplest thing that hardly takes a lot of time and effort but however, it means a lot to your health,” said Dr Awang Hj Mohammad.

The forum, which was hosted by JPMC, was in collaboration with Pengiran Anak Puteri Rashidah Sa’adatul Bolkiah Institute of Health and Sciences UBD as well as sponsored by Adsolution Works Enterprise Sdn Bhd. JPMC provides health education that can be surfed online in their website at

The Brunei Times