Dettol supports infection control efforts in Vietnam

August, 30/2022 - 16:20
DA NANG — Dettol, a cleaning disinfectant and antiseptic brand which is nearly 90- year-old of Reckitt (Britain), took part in a scientific conference on ‘The new turning point in infection control” held in August 28 at the Ariyana Convention Center in Danang City.

The first major conference the Vietnam Infection Control Society hosted was attended by more than 500 doctors, nurses and medical technicians to discuss measures to prevent and control SARS CoV2 as well as other infectious diseases in Vietnam.

The event was also a valuable opportunity for managers of hospitals and clinics, other experts and business people to assess the status of infection control in other countries and the needs of the domestic market. 

Assoc. Prof. Le Thi Anh Thu, president of the Vietnam Infection Control Society calls for regular hand hygiene practicing for reducing the risk of infection.

According to Assoc. Prof. Le Thi Anh Thu, president of the Vietnam Infection Control Society, the issue of infection control at medical facilities, field hospitals and even in the community when the Covid-19 pandemic broke out was on top of the agenda.

“The year  2022 marks a new normal for Viet Nam, its people and the health sector. However, we should continue to pay attention to the prevention and control of SARS-CoV-2 infection as well as other epidemics, especially in the context that new strains complicate the battle against the pandemic, threatening human health globally as well as in Viet Nam”, she said.

Mrs Thu added: “We as a community now must continue to practice hand hygiene, something which we did not do well before Covid-19. During the pandemic, we did do it more, and now, we must continue maintaining this habit. The issue of environmental disinfection is very critical, environmental sanitation, cleaning of the home, and keeping your environment clean and open can help reduce the risk of infection, not just the reducing the spread of Covid-19 but also other bacterial or viral diseases”.

As a diamond sponsor of the event, Reckitt Vietnam is proud to introduce to Vietnam- market Dettol- a brand existing for nearly 90 years in the world that could kill most germ & bacteria, especially SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Nguyen Thanh Binh, Corporate Communication and Government Affairs Director, Reckitt Vietnam said: “We are proud that Dettol has been certified by the Vietnamese health authorities for its usefulness in almost killing viruses, germ and bacteria. We hope that through Dettol, we will continue to accompany the healthcare industry in strengthening infection control at hospitals to protect patients and medical staffs, as well as in raising awareness of personal hygiene and living environment to improve the quality of Vietnamese’ lives”.

In February this year, the department of health environment management said diluted Dettol is effective at killing 99.99 per cent of bacteria, germ and viruses after 60 seconds of exposure, including the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Nguyen Thi Thu Loan, Medical Affairs Manager of Reckitt Vietnam, said virus spreads from person to person through daily activities and hand hygiene could help to interrupt the transmission chain.

In 2020 and 2021, Reckitt constantly donated Dettol surface antibacterial products and hand sanitizers to field hospitals and hospitals for children, obstetrics and gynaecology around the country. It significantly contributed to cleaning surfaces in hospitals during the Covid-19 outbreak, helping protect doctors, medical staff, patients, and relatives at a most difficult time.

Thanks to the confirmation by the Ministry of Health about its usefulness in killing viruses and bacteria, Dettol will continue to be trusted by people as an important tool for keeping out SARS-CoV-2 from homes, communities and medical institutions at a time when the pandemic is still affecting the world.

At houses and offices, diluted Dettol can be used to clean floors and surfaces, sinks, etc. Regular cleaning of houses and offices with Dettol will kill harmful bacteria in the environment, preventing diseases and thus protecting Vietnamese families.

Dettol received the 2020 Health Partnership Award in the Corporate Social Responsibility category in Hong Kong for its outstanding community service in personal hygiene.

In Viet Nam, the main brands of Reckitt include Enfa, Strepsils, Durex, and Gaviscon besides Dettol. Over the years, Reckitt Vietnam has cooperated with medical experts and the Ministry of Health to carry out many voluntary projects.

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