Panaji: With the infection prevention and control becoming an important part of health and safety during the global coronavirus pandemic, Manipal Hospital, Goa has conducted International Infection Control Week ceremony to create awareness regarding various ways to stop the spread of infections and celebrate the bravery and tireless efforts of the Infection Preventionists (IPs) of the hospital.
The dignitaries for the event included hon’ble chief guest Dr. Jude E. V Dsouza, Chief Medical Officer and in-charge of Chimbel PHC, Mr. Dilip Satoskar (multipurpose healthcare worker), guest of honour- Dr. Shekhar Salkar, surgical oncologist at Manipal Hospital Goa, Dr. Marzook Shaikh Infection Control Officer at Manipal Hospital Goa, Dr. Dinesh Bammiddi ,Medical superintendent and Sister Reeva Bareneto ,Nursing Superintendent and Director of Manipal Hospital Goa Mr. Manish Trivedi.
“Infection prevention and control has always been an important part of health and safety, but the pandemic has generated extra challenges. Infection preventionists work closely with epidemiology and other professionals in infection control, all to keep patients, residents, health care providers, and the public safe.They are also responsible for keeping up with the latest guidance, along with developing and implementing new policies,” Dr. Jude E. V Dsouza, Chief Medical Officer and in-charge of Chimbel PHC.
The Infection Control Week was celebrated by conducting various activities including poster competition, Quiz competition, hand washing video for employee and their kids Furthermore, Best hand hygiene practices of staff were observed and appreciated. The director of Manipal Hospital Goa, Mr Manish Trivedi welcomed everybody’s presence for the event and appreciated the efforts put in by the staff of Manipal Hospital Goa for following excellent infection control protocols and practices.
Dr Salkar congratulated the infection control team in keeping up the good work of preventing the spread of infections even during the time of Covid-19.
“In the monthly graphs of infection control it has been observed that the rate of infection spread has drastically dropped with little to no infection spread. The infection control practices carried out in various departments, especially in the Intensive Care Unit of the Manipal Hospital were highly appreciable,” Dr Salkar added.
A 2015 study found that the rates of hospital-acquired infections and antimicrobial resistance were markedly higher in India than those reported by the developed nations of the world.