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Health care workers around the world are being encouraged to make sure their hands are thoroughly clean as a way to protect against the spread of drug-resistant germs.
The World Health Organization, (WHO) is highlighting the importance of clean hands on Hand Hygiene Day marked every year on the 5th of May.
It says many patients pick up infections from health care workers who have not washed their hands properly
Professor Benedetta Allegranzi from WHO says many of those infections cannot be treated.
"These infections are often resistant to the antibiotics used to treat
them. Of every 100 hospitalized patients, at least seven in high-income
and 10 in low/middle-income countries will acquire a healthcare-associated infection. These infections are in most cases or in many cases due to resistant bacteria."
WHO says multidrug resistant germs are now part of the reality of modern-day healthcare, a development it has described as a paradigm shift that cannot be reversed.
Daniel Dickinson, United Nations