By Michael Oche,
Paelon Memorial Hospital has been handed her SafeCare Level 5 Certificate, a second-time achievement since embarking on her quality improvement journey.
LEADERSHIP reports that SafeCare is the first internationally accredited standards designed for healthcare facilities in resource-restricted settings. The SafeCare Standards covers a full range of management, clinical, clinical support and ancillary components required for the safe and efficient provision of healthcare services, creating a platform for transparency, benchmarking and self-regulation.
PharmAccess Foundation, Joint Commission International (JCI) and the Council for Health Service Accreditation Southern Africa (COHSASA) created the SafeCare Standards and Quality Improvement Methodology in 2011. This was in response to the shortage of institutions and standards for objective measurement and rating of the quality of basic health care facilities in Africa.
Njide Ndili, Country Director PharmAccess Foundation, while presenting the certificate said “through the SafeCare initiative we did a comprehensive assessment of the hospital, identified its quality gaps, designed a tailored 18-month quality improvement plan and supported execution of the plan. As a result, the hospital has significantly improved its healthcare delivery and the quality of services to patients.”
While receiving the certificate, the Managing Director Paelon Memorial Hospital, Dr Ngozi Onyia, mentioned that the hospital commenced its accreditation process 18 months ago building on initial quality improvement efforts with PharmAccess Foundation.
According to her the program has ensured quality service delivery and increased the hospital’s brand equity. She also thanked PharmAccess Foundation’s quality team for working and supporting the hospital throughout the process.
During her remarks, the Director of Quality, Dr Ibironke Dada mentioned that PharmAccess Nigeria will continue to expand and scale its SafeCare Quality Improvement Methodology to support both private and public healthcare facilities offering primary, secondary, and tertiary services in Nigeria.