As Iwaki City – capital of the Fukushima Prefecture – rebuilds in the wake of 2011’s devastating earthquake and tsunami, two kindergartens have upgraded frequently-touched surfaces such as taps and stair rails to antimicrobial copper to help protect the health of children using the facilities.
Last year’s tragedy resulted in an immediate need to rebuild and refurbish countless facilities, and led to a poorer standard of living in the region that has made infection control a key concern. Consequently, Kanaya Kindergarten and Ojima Daycare Center installed antimicrobial copper hand rails, taps, door handles and push plates that will continuously kill bacteria, viruses and fungi that settle on them, 24/7 and in between normal cleans.
Children have already begun benefitting from the new installations – opened in mid-March with a strong presence of local media – and the centre staff stressed the importance of infection control, especially at this time, but for the health of children and their families in general.
The Director of Kanaya Kindergarten, Hideko Saito, says of the installation: “The new hand rails and taps were installed right at the beginning of flu season. Many kindergartens in the city had to close down due to outbreaks, but in our kindergarten, not one child had flu. I don’t know the science behind it, but I do think that might have had something to do with our copper touch surfaces.”
To find out more, and see Case Studies of other installations, visit www.antimicrobialcopper.org.
Published by ICA, http://www.antimicrobialcopper.com