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Seminar on Preventing Infections Held

Karachi, November 06, 2007: Hand transmission is one of the most common ways of spread of infectious agents in health care facilities and in the community. This was shared at the first seminar under the Safeguard-Bayer Healthcare “Wash Hands Stay Healthy” Campaign.
Presenting at the seminar titled “Fighting Infections through Effective Prevention and Quality Cure”, President Infectious Diseases Society of Pakistan (IDSP) Dr Altaf Ahmed said, “Proper hand washing is the most effective way to reduce the spread of infection in health care settings.”

“Effective hand hygiene is also the simplest method to prevent 90% of nosocomial infections, i.e. infections that occur after 48 hours of patient admission to the hospital.” Dr Altaf added.

Commenting on the Safeguard-Bayer Hygiene Initiative, Salman Butt, Brand Manager Safeguard at Procter and Gamble said, “As a leading antibacterial soa p, Safeguard is committed to promoting the hygiene, specifically hand-washing, message amongst healthcare providers in Pakistan. Hand-washing is the most effective and cheapest measures against infections and food-borne diseases according to WHO.”

Elaborating on the initiative, Dr Faheem Ahmad, Product Manager Ciproxin at Bayer Healthcare said, “This is the first seminar in the ‘Wash Hands Stay Healthy’ campaign launched earlier this year by the Safeguard-Bayer. Under the partnership, the two teams had agreed to pool their resources to create awareness of hand-washing in the doctors’ community. The next seminar in the series will be held soon in Lahore.”

The seminar also highlighted the proper method of hand-washing, diseases most likely to be transmitted by touch or contact and the importance of hand-washing in hospital settings. Participants were also shown a movie titled “Typhoid Mary” which is the dramatization of the true life story of Mary Malon, known by the name of Typhoid Mary, the first identified carrier of Typhoid in United States. She was confined to quarantine by the health authorities for 26 years because of getting people sick and dead of this deadly disease.

More than 150 Physicians, General Practitioners, Microbiologists, Infectious Diseases specialists, Surgeons and other medical professionals from leading hospitals such as Jinnah, Baqai, Civil and Aga Khan University Hospital attended the workshop.
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