Effective hygiene practices 'should be a priority'

9 January 2012

Regular and effective hygiene practices should become commonplace in healthcare facilities as well as in everyday life.

This is according to the Global Hygiene Council, which suggested that people need to become more aware of the dangers of spreading viruses and bacteria.

Professor John Oxford, chairman of the organisation, said that at this time of year, around ten per cent of the UK's population will be infected with some sort of virus that is easily passed on to others.

"They don't seem to be doing the hygiene thing automatically," Professor Oxford added. "That would make a huge impact on the transmission of viruses and bacteria."

Children need to be educated by their parents to automatically wash their hands after they have been to the toilet or before they eat food, the expert advised.

According to the US's Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, healthcare providers should practice hand hygiene regularly throughout the day to prevent transmission of infection from one patient to another.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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