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An official of the Ministry of Health Garrison Kerrwillian, says the provision of quality healthcare through Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) is paramount for health practitioners globally.He emphasizes that quality healthcare services are important in maintaining safe environment for patient(s) which reduces risk of potential spread of disease from one person to another.

According to him, the need to create awareness for both stakeholders and end users on quality healthcare services for individuals or patients and their families to understand the control and prevention measures cannot be overemphasized.

He spoke recently at the close of a Global Infection Prevention and Control conference held in Monrovia, which brought together mainly health practitioners and international partners.“It is important to wash our hands properly with soap every time before eating and after defecating so as to kill the disease-causing germs that sometimes make us sick. Hand washing is the act of cleaning to remove soil, dirt, and/or germs from one hands,” Kerrwillian explains.

He also underscores the importance of waste management and admonishes health workers to make sure their facilities are always clean. “The re-use of sharp equipment is not permissible because it has the potential to spread infection among patients.”

Kerrwillian warns that disposing used instruments (gloves, needles, etc.) on waste land could sometimes lead to the spread of toxic metals in the environment.He notes that not all countries have appropriate regulations or can enforce them to the letter, saying, “With this, primarily, disposing of infectious waste must be done properly and carefully.”

He continues that it is the responsibility of healthcare providers to enact principles of prevention which is patient safety as it is evidence-based in the handbook of nurses.“Severe paresis or fear of urinating in public can sometimes affect one’s life in similar way to symptoms, similarities to agoraphobia and the cause of psychological at public urinal. You may find that he/she is unable to urinate when flanked by other men,” Kerrwillian noted.

“It is always advisable to wash all fruit and vegetables before eating them to ensure that they are clean to help remove bacteria from the outside,” Kerrwillian cautions.

Mr. Garrison Kerrwillian –Editing by Jonathan Browne

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