Kuwait is among countries with minimal infection spread in health facilities

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MoH launches annual hand hygiene campaign

Kuwait Ministry of Health

KUWAIT CITY, May 5: Kuwait’s commitment to infection prevention and control has been highlighted by Dr. Ahmed Al-Mutawa, Director of the Infection Prevention Department at the Ministry of Health. Dr. Al-Mutawa announced Kuwait’s commendable status as one of the countries with minimal infection spread in intensive care units for infants and premature babies, underscoring the nation’s significant progress in combating infections within healthcare facilities.

Speaking at the inauguration of the annual hand hygiene campaign titled “Knowledge is the First Line of Defense,” held at the Infection Prevention Department headquarters in the Al-Sabah Specialized Medical District, Dr. Al-Mutawa emphasized the campaign’s objective of promoting awareness and health literacy regarding hand hygiene. He stressed the importance of enhancing skills and expertise to elevate healthcare services and prevent healthcare-associated infections.

Dr. Al-Mutawa highlighted the national program’s significance in combatting infection spread and reiterated the Infection Prevention Department’s commitment to organizing annual awareness campaigns since 2005. These campaigns align with global initiatives by the World Health Organization and patient safety programs observed every May.

Throughout the month, various awareness activities and events are planned in hospitals and health centers as part of the campaign. Infection prevention teams will set up awareness corners to educate healthcare professionals, patients, and visitors about the critical role of hand hygiene in infection prevention. Additionally, awareness leaflets and symbolic gifts will be distributed to participants.

Dr. Kholoud Al-Fadali, Head of the Infection Prevention Department, echoed the call for heightened awareness, announcing plans for 19 lectures across health facilities, public hospitals, and other centers to educate medical teams. Practical training sessions for medical staff and awareness lectures for clinical and non-clinical departments are also on the agenda. An awareness booth will be established for medical and public staff in hospitals and centers affiliated with the Ministry, further emphasizing the importance of infection prevention measures.

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