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As the world marks the Global Handwashing Day, the Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), joined the clarion call to save the world by creating awareness on the importance of hand washing in tandem with this year’s theme, “Wash Your Hands, Save Your Lives”.

Assistant Director of Nursing Services at the Medical Emergency of the hospital, Mrs. Ololade Fadipe noted that the exercise was held to celebrate the International Handwashing Day, to sensitize and encourage the world to wash hands regularly to prevent spread of infection, germs and maintain good hygiene.

ADNS Fadipe said that “it is very hygienic to wash hands 6 to 10 times a day, as this will surely prevent germs and infection and considering the ravaging pandemic right now in the world, the habit of handwashing was advised to be taken more seriously more than ever before.”

While the exercise was on, Chief Nursing Officer, Mrs. Ashaolu Olukemi demonstrated the steps of proper handwashing which include wetting of the hands, applying of soap on the palms, rubbing of the hands vigorously (knuckles, thumbs, fingertips the palms) and rinsing of the hands with clean water afterwards. She mentioned clearly that if there were no hand dryer or a clean towel, the hands should be left to air-dry. According to her, washing of hand should last at least 30 seconds.

Global handwashing day is celebrated every 15th of October, the day serves as a platform to raise awareness on the importance of handwashing with soap.

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