Bayer East Africa, in partnership with the Kenya Water for Health Organization (KWAHO), has renovated three Handwashing Facilities at the Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH) in Nairobi.

The facilities will serve the over 30,000 people who visit the facility every day and close to 6000 staff members who work there.

The upgrade, which has taken three months to complete, is geared towards providing access to clean and safe water for both drinking and handwashing purposes.

Speaking during the event, Managing Director Bayer East Africa Laurent Pierre said that regular handwashing with soap and clean running water is a vaccine against the spread of many diseases

“We are committed to enhancing the quality of life of our communities through different Corporate Social Engagements (CSE) programmes like this one. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has proven that the importance of handwashing cannot be overemphasized," Pierre stated. 

Dr. Lydia Okutoyi, the director of health and quality at Kenyatta National Hospital said,“The merits of having clean hands can not be overemphasized. It is the surest and easiest way to keep infection-causing germs from entering our bodies." 

The World Health Organization (WHO) has rated hand washing as the number 1 method of preventing healthcare-associated infections.