Brief Report on World Hand Hygiene Day Commemoration
5th - 8th May 2015
Strengthening Health Care Systems and Delivery – Hand Hygiene is your Entrance Door was the theme for this year’s World Hand Hygiene Day which is celebrated by WHO on 5th May each year. The Infection Control Committee organised the NHS commemoration of this event with the Minister of Health, Hon Tuitama Leao Talalelei Tuitama, giving the keynote speech at the opening ceremony attended by the WHO Representative, Dr Baoping Yang and the EU Charge d’affaires, Mr John Stanley. This year we co-celebrated with the MOH at a multi-sectorial level with the MNRE, MWSCD, MESC funded by the EU under the Water & Sanitation Sector. Salausa Dr John Ah Ching led the demonstrations of handwashing at the various Upolu District Hospitals during this week long commemoration. There were also commemoration activities in MTII hospital in Tuasivi including handwashing demonstrations led by Registered Nurses Lagaaia and Bowles. The main theme for this year encouraged everyone both health care workers and the general public to observe good hand hygiene as a means of strengthening our health care systems and delivery. For you the Health Care Worker – Make sure you always have ample supply of liquid soap, paper towels, alcohol sanitizer and USE THEM! The 5 moments for hand hygiene are a must to be observed for safety of both patient and yourself!
Gazing out into her first day in life – this young lady is blissfully unaware of the medical drama that preceded her arrival!
Her 20 year old first time mother from Sasina Savaii presented in the early hours of the morning on Thursday last week, for what should have been a normal delivery with the midwifery staff at Safotu Hospital.
What transpired was a testament to staff perseverance, fantastic teamwork and the grace of God. Her mother was suffering from umbilical cord prolapse, a relatively rare condition and an obstetric emergency that can result in neonatal death and even maternal death.
Yet, through the quick and decisive actions of all concerned - from the nursing and midwifery staff at Safotu District Hospital, to the clinical staff at Tuasivi who were called in - to the ‘flying doctors’ - the Heads of Units for Obstetrics and Anaesthesia based at TTM Hospital in Apia - the pilots who were called in to fly to Savaii on the specially chartered Polynesian Airlines small plane, … right across to the diagnostics and all the different staff involved.
A big congratulations for the great teamwork. She is alive and well and that makes it all worthwhile.
The newly constructed and relocated Sataua District Hospital on the South West Coast of Upolu, was opened on the 23rd April 2015. The relocation was necessary due to the susceptibility of the old hospital location by the sea to extreme weather events. The new hospital follows the new standard design for our district hospitals with few modifications. It offers rooms and facilities for outpatient consultation and treatment, overnight admission of patients, obstetrics delivery and minor surgery, pharmaceutical dispensing, administration, living quarters for staff and is fully fenced. This project was made possible with funding from the Tropical Cyclone Evan Recovery Fund contributed to by our own government and our development partner community. We are ever grateful to the support of our donor partner community, inclusive but not limited to the Governments of Australia and New Zealand, the European Union and the World Bank.
The total cost was $3.1 million Samoan Tala. The design and supervision was by the project management and engineering firm of Kramer Ausenco, and the construction is by local contractor Schwarz Construction Limited. Total building time was 9 months since groundbreaking in July last year.
The hospital sits on a 5 acre property on a long-term lease to Government from the Vaai family.