Some 3,559 participants, comprising nurses and doctors, participated in the Hand Sanitising Relay to raise awareness of the importance of effective hand hygiene.
Held at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL), the event was an extension of World Hand Hygiene Day usually observed in May.
It was organised to break the Malaysia Book of Records for the most number of people in a hand- sanitising relay.
HKL director Dr Heric Corray Soloman Corray said, “Hand washing is the most important act of hygiene for everyone, especially doctors, nurses and other medical personnel.
“A vast majority of people accept the importance of effective hand hygiene but are not practising the beneficial act itself.
“This is despite efforts by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to increase awareness of effective hand hygiene on World Hand Hygiene Day annually,” he said.
The one-day relay was organised by HKL’s infection control unit.
Dr Corray said the relay had three objectives – to promote an obligation to hand hygiene among medical personnel, increase awareness on the importance of hand hygiene to reduce health care-associated infection (HCAI) and make public announcements that hand hygiene was on HKL’s daily priority list.
“HKL is looking forward to becoming a premium hospital and hand hygiene should not be left behind or forgotten by our medical personnel.
“This is because they are frontliners to patients and effective hand hygiene is key to disease prevention between one patient and another.
“As a hospital which is the nationwide reference, hand hygiene should not be a problem when patients are receiving the best treatment for their diseases respectively,” said Dr Corray.
Also present were Health Ministry medical development division chief assistant director Dr Noor Aziah Zainal Abidin and organising committee chairman Dr Nor Azham Hakim.