Global Pa­tient Safety Chal­lenge to be launched at SQU to­day

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Muscat - The sul­tanate, rep­re­sented by the Min­istry of Health and Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion (WHO), will launch the third ‘Global Pa­tient Safety Chal­lenge: Med­i­ca­tion with­out Harm’ on Sun­day.

The event will be held at Sul­tan Qa­boos Univer­sity un­der the pa­tron­age of H E Dr Rawiyah bint Saud al Bu­saidiyah, Min­is­ter of Higher Ed­u­ca­tion, in the pres­ence of a num­ber of min­is­ters and un­der­sec­re­taries. Other par­tic­i­pants who will par­tic­i­pate in­clude se­nior of­fi­cials in the Min­istry of Health (MoH) and those deal­ing with pa­tient safety and med­i­ca­tion, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives from re­lated in­sti­tu­tions and agen­cies at na­tional and re­gional lev­els.

The WHO’s global chal­lenges on pa­tient safety are ini­tia­tives aimed at in­tro­duc­ing im­prove­ments in health sys­tems to re­duce risks in health ser­vices, a press re­lease stated.

The first chal­lenge held in 2005 was called ‘Clean Care is Safer Care’, and the sec­ond one in 2008 was ti­tled, ‘Safe Surgery Saves Lives’.

The third chal­lenge was of­fi­cially launched by WHO in Bonn, Ger­many, in March with par­tic­i­pa­tion of the sul­tanate, rep­re­sented by the Min­is­ter of Health.

Dur­ing the meet­ing held in Bonn, the or­gan­i­sa­tion chose Oman to launch this chal­lenge in the East­ern Mediter­ranean re- gion due to its good rep­u­ta­tion.

This meet­ing is the first launch for this chal­lenge in the six re­gions.

The third chal­lenge aims at re­duc­ing the harm caused by un­safe prac­tices and med­i­ca­tion er­rors.

It fo­cuses on im­prov­ing the safety of med­i­ca­tion by strength­en­ing the sys­tems re­quired for re­duc­ing such er­rors.

The chal­lenge co­in­cides with the cel­e­bra­tion of the first An­nual World Pa­tient Safety Day, that was al­lo­cated based on Oman’s pro­posal to WHO, which re­cently has been ap- proved to be on Septem­ber 17 ev­ery year.

The launch cer­e­mony will in­clude hon­our­ing the health in­sti­tu­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing in the WHO Pa­tient Safety Friendly Hos­pi­tal Ini­tia­tive (PSFHI) which are Nizwa, Rus­taq, Star­care and Al Raf­fah hos­pi­tals.

MoH launched PSFHI in 2016 and pre­pared a plan to cover all public and pri­vate hos­pi­tals in the sul­tanate by the end of 2018.

Due to the im­por­tance of this high-level event in the sul­tanate, MoH, rep­re­sented by the Di­rec­torate Gen­eral of Qual­ity As­sur­ance Cen­tre and other MoH di­rec­torates and in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the SQU, has made all the prepa­ra­tions. In ad­di­tion, a main com­mit­tee was formed con­sist­ing of sub-com­mit­tees re­lated to var­i­ous or­gan­i­sa­tional, ad­min­is­tra­tive and me­dia mat­ters.

WHO’s global chal­lenges on pa­tient safety are ini­tia­tives aimed at in­tro­duc­ing im­prove­ments in health sys­tems to re­duce risks

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