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Keeping hands clean is important to help prevent viruses and germs from spreading

Health care working administering hand sanitiser outside to a group of people

Every day, we use our hands for many activities which exposes them to harmful bacteria that can cause sickness. Good hand hygiene is important, especially during this time.

Dentalife Australia (a research and development company in Melbourne specialising in dental and infection control materials) working in partnership with Oil Search Foundation (OSF) recently delivered 16,000 units of Handcare hand sanitizers to the Provincial Health Authorities in Southern Highlands, Hela, Gulf, and PNG Biomass in Lae.

Dentalife Australia Marketing Manager, Josephine Kelly said, “The donation was made to address COVID-19 and other viral diseases in Papua New Guinea (PNG). We stand united in our support of those on the frontline who continue to work tirelessly to stop the spread of the corona virus.”

Health care worker in scrubs pumping hand sanitiser into hand

OSF Senior Health Advisor, Dr Vincent Pyakalyia said, “As the pandemic continues to impact livelihoods in PNG, it is important that care providers practice good hygienic measures. OSF with assistance from partners like Native Industries facilitated the distribution of this sanitizers. This indeed shows our determination in helping to protect healthcare workers in rural communities”

“These donations will be useful in preventing the spread of germs especially in hospitals and health centres to maintain sterile conditions. In addition, the people that access the services live in remote areas where having fresh, safe water is a concern.  By keeping a few bottles at the front of the door ensures that everyone cleans their hands upon entry. Health workers will also do the same before and after treating each visitor to facilities.” adds Pyakalyia