Launch of the Hong Kong Hand Hygiene Campaign
On 21 January 2008 the campaign to encourage hand hygiene was launched in Hong Kong SAR at a meeting attended by over 250 infection control professionals, doctors, nurses and administrators.
Distinguished health care leaders and honoured guests such as Mr Anthony Wu, Chairman of the Hong Kong Health Authority (HA), Chief Executive of the HA, Mr Shane Solomon, Chairman of Hong Kong Hand Hygiene promotion committee, Dr Seto Wing Hong and Professor Didier Pittet, Leader of the First Global Patient Safety Challenge Clean Care is Safer Care, supported the campaign with their presence. Sir Liam Donaldson, Chair of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety, congratulated Hong Kong SAR with their initiative in a video message.
During the meeting there was a signing ceremony with a difference: A 7 feet high alcohol-hand rub bottle was signed by senior executives including the Chairman, the Chief Executive, Cluster Chief Executives, Professor Pittet and special guests from the Department of Health, to signify the commitment to implement the WHO hand hygiene programme. After the signing, all Cluster Chief Executives were presented with a 3 feet high bottle on behalf of their cluster to display in a show of support of the campaign at cluster level.
The ceremony was concluded by professor Pittet's talk which introduced the progress of the WHO hand hygiene campaign worldwide. The ceremony was closed by Dr Seto and all participants joined to sign the big bottle which is now on display in the lobby of the Hospital Authority as a sign of support for this campaign.
The campaign is due to run for several months and will target Hong Kong's 38 public hospitals and 55,000 health care workers.