February 24, 2024

Ilocos Sur hospital bags the 2nd place in National Tiktok handwashing video challenge

By Glen S Ramos

Judge Celestino Guerrero Memorial Hospital (JCGMH), a private health facility located in Sta. Maria, Ilocos Sur, received the 2nd place award during the “2022 Hospital Best Practices in Infection Prevention and Control (HBPIPC) Hand Washing Tiktok Video Challenge conducted by the Philippine Hospital Association (PHA) last November 17, 2022 at the Fiesta Pavillion, Manila Hotel.

The contest was held to prioritize and promote hand hygiene in health facilities, its importance and promoting the appropriate behaviors and attitudes towards hands washing.

PHA acknowledged the importance of social media, such as ‘TikTok’, which is a very popular way of disseminating and influencing perceptions of people on proper handwashing.

JCGMH Medical Director Mila Guerrero said that award is a blessing. “Noong una hesitant pa kami to join, but we were able to complete the required video before the October 30, 2022 deadline. Isinama namin ang mga bata at mga tao sa community in one of our outreach programs sa mga GIDA.”

“When PHA sent me an invitation, I thought we will just receive a Certificate of Participation but we were surprised when we were called to the stage to receive the plaque for the second place winner. Nagpapasalamat kami sa binigay na award na ito at nagpapasalamat ako sa aking mga staff, sa kanilang effort at sacrifices to make this possible,” Guerrero emphasized.

A total of 72 video entries were received, 47 hospitals from Luzon, 12 from Visayas and 13 from Mindanao.

Justice Jose Abad Santos General Hospital in Manila, bagged the first place and over-all winner,

Department Of Health (DOH) – Ilocos Regional Director Paula Paz M. Sydiongco extended her congratulation to the JCGMH family. “When a health facility’s quality and safety climate or culture values hand hygiene and infection prevention and control (IPC), both patients and health workers feel protected and cared for. Kaya kailangang lahat ng health workers at all levels of care and people accessing health care facilities need to recognize the importance of hand hygiene.”

“Kapag nakikitang malinis ang isang health facility, it will encourage people to practice health hygiene at all times. We need to continuously promote high quality safer care not only in health facilities but in the community as well.”

The Department of Health has been promoting proper handwashing to maintain health and preventing disease transmission. The most valuable ways to convey handwashing message is by using visual display, such as video for educational purposes and to enhance learning.