Hand sanitizing relay at Kasturba Hospital, Manipal- A guinness world record attempt
Manipal University and Kasturba Hospital, Manipal completed a great task of attempting a Guinness World Record in Hand Washing at the Marena Sports Complex on October 15, 2016 when 3422 students and staff and others washed hands as per the norms required for the record.
It took over 16 hours to go through the exercise, which at the end was a job well done. All coordination with clock-work precision and the smooth conduct of the event was praiseworthy. Every minute detail was well attended to and all have their fingers crossed hoping that Kasturba Hospital would wrest the record from Apollo Hospital Delhi, which holds the record with figures of 1711.
The hand washing relay began at 7 am when the Pro Chancellor of Manipal University, Dr H. S. Ballal sounded the hooter. It ended at 11.30 pm. Students, doctors, nursing staff and administrative teams of Kasturba Medical College and Hospital Manipal, and health care institutions comprising Kasturba Medical College, Manipal College of Dental Sciences, Melaka Manipal Medical College - Manipal Campus, School of Allied Health Sciences and Manipal College of Nursing, and Kasturba Medical College Mangalore, Manipal College of Pharmaceutical Sciences and School of Allied Health Sciences took part.
Five Senior Advocates of Udupi District and 4 Police Personnel were the witnesses. The time keepers were physical education teachers from other colleges in and around Udupi and Mangalore. The Judges certifying the right procedure of hand sanitizing were Infection Control Nurses from; AJ Hospital, Mangalore, Fr. Muller Hospital, Mangalore, KS Hegde Medical Hospital, Mangalore .
Dr (Col) M Dayananda Medical Superintendent and COO said; “Each participant performed the 6-step procedure for hand sanitation and passed on the alcohol-based hand santizer to the next participant and exit the venue. “The purpose of celebrating the Global Handwashing Day was to spread the message of Hygiene and encourage everyone to make hand washing a habit”.
“Apart from attempting a Guinness Record, the exercise also helps in creating awareness about hand hygiene. There are About 90,000 people who die due to Hospital Acquired infection in India every year. This initiative would enable Kasturba Hospital, Manipal in leading effective implementation of the infection control measures in the healthcare industry. Proper hand santisation plays a key role in controlling the spread of communicable diseases. This does not limit to hospitals but is also to be done at homes where we are ideally required to practice the six step hand washing with soap which should last for about 20 seconds for proper sanitization,” Dr Dayananda added.