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Ahead Of World Hygiene Day, WHO Calls On Countries To Strengthen Infection Prevention, Control Programs To Prevent Antibiotic Resistance

WHO: “Fight antibiotic resistance … it’s in your hands”
“World Hand Hygiene Day, marked globally on 5 May, highlights the importance of hand hygiene in health care. The slogan of this year’s campaign is “Fight antibiotic resistance … it’s in your hands,” illustrating the important relationship between good infection prevention and control practices like washing your hands and preventing antibiotic resistance. … [T]he World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on countries and health care facilities to strengthen infection prevention and control programs based on WHO guidelines on core components of infection prevention and control programs. … WHO also calls on infection prevention and control leaders to implement WHO’s core components for infection prevention, including hand hygiene, to combat antibiotic resistance…” (5/2).

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