Batac hospital promotes handwashing for a healthier environment

October 29, 2014 9:23 am 

Batac City, Ilocos Norte, Oct 28 –An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

Walking the talk, the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital and Medical Center (MMMH&MD) is encouraging all hospital goers to observe regular handwashing by putting up hand washing facilities in every entrance and exit of the hospital buildings located in one compound.

In support to the worldwide commemoration of Global Handwashing Day, Dr. Ma. Lourdes Otayza, chief of hospital of the MMMH&MC, said the hospital wants to highlight the importance of washing hands with soap especially when entering the hospital facilities to ensure proper hygiene and protection.

As the Center for health and wellness in the region, the Batac hospital is the first medical facility in the region to have a handwashing area in every hallway of the building’s entrance and exit to instil awareness in having a cleaner and better environment.

Participated in by private and public organizations originally created for children and schools, the Global Handwashing Day is being commemorated every October 15 to promote the culture of handwashing with soap.

First launched in 2008, over 120 million children in more than 70 countries including the Philippines participated in a simultaneous handwashing with soap.

Since then, more and more community and national leaders including public and private organizations have used Global Handwashing Day to promote handwashing with soap.(PNA)

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