Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

July 17, 2014 14:10 ET

CUPE "Superbugs" tour targets Dragon Boat Festival

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - July 17, 2014) -

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CUPE hospital workers will be handing out free hand sanitizers at the Dragon Boat Festival in Sydney this Saturday, to raise awareness about Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAIs), often referred to as "Superbugs". HAIs are the fourth leading cause of death in Canada.

Under the campaign slogan "Help hospital workers fight Superbugs! It's in Your Hands", CUPE hospital workers are handing out tens of thousands of free hand sanitizers at public events all summer, as well as literature on how the public can avoid superbugs through simple hand-washing and other measures.

They are also handing out stickers and tattoos of cartoon microbes for children to illustrate the importance of good hand washing at every age.

Following the Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place at the Sydney Marine Terminal Grounds, CUPE hospital workers will be bringing the Superbugs tour to the Halifax Pride Festival on July 26, and to Guysborough's Come Home Week, also on July 26.

A full schedule of CUPE's HAI Tour can be found online at

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Contact Information

  • Cheryl Burbidge (LPN) Campaign Spokesperson
    (902) 825-7505 (c)
    Tammy Provost (Sydney)
    (902) 577-2463 (c)
    Gaelle McNeil, Atlantic Communications Rep.
    (902) 455-4180 (o)