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Local NHS backs global call for people to wash hands

4th May 2020 | By Melanie Shilton | Posted in

Leicestershire and Rutland Clinical Commissioning Groups (LLR CCGs) are backing a national drive calling on people to wash their hands.

World Hand Hygiene Day (5 May) is a global initiative led by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to bring people together to improve hand hygiene around the world. Locally, the CCGs are reminding people in LLR of the importance of washing hands regularly and correctly, to protect against the spread of germs, particularly during the coronavirus pandemic.

Ursula Montgomery, GP and Clinical Chair of East Leicestershire and Rutland CCG said: “People can protect themselves from germs and infection during the coronavirus outbreak by washing their hands effectively and regularly.

“Washing your hands properly removes dirt, viruses and bacteria to stop them spreading to other people and objects, which can spread illnesses. It is also the best way to prevent the spread of germs that can cause respiratory illnesses such as the coronavirus, influenza or the common cold.”

You should wash your hands:

  • after using the toilet or changing a nappy
  • before and after handling raw foods like meat and vegetables
  • before eating or handling food
  • after blowing your nose, sneezing or coughing (throw away the tissue and wash your hands immediately)
  • before and after treating a cut or wound
  • after touching animals, including pets, their food and after cleaning their cages

This year, the WHO is focusing its SAVE LIVES: Clean your hands campaign on nurses and midwives, due to it being the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife. However, the CCGs are backing the organization in extending the good practice of effective hand washing to everyone.

See the proper NHS handwashing technique here: https://www.nhs.uk/live-well/healthy-body/best-way-to-wash-your-hands/

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