BY PATIENCE IVIE IHEJIRIKA,
As the world commemorates this year’s Patient Safety Day, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said that more than 41,000 health workers have been infected with COVID-19 in the WHO African Region.
This, the global health body said account for 3.8 per cent of all reported cases.
WHO regional director for Africa, Dr. Matshidiso Moeti, in a statement, yesterday, noted that front-line health workers were at greater risk of infection because of the care they provide to patients.
She said “The COVID-19 pandemic has reaffirmed that to keep patients safe, health workers must be protected, and so this year’s theme is Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety.”
“Patient safety is an essential component in strengthening health systems to achieve universal health coverage, and achieving it requires collaboration and open communication between multidisciplinary health-care teams, patients and patients’ organizations, professional associations and other stakeholders.
“Action is needed to understand the magnitude of patient harm, including through transparent incident reporting to learn from mistakes with no-fault and no-blame handling of adverse events.
“Patients and their families must be enabled to take preventive, systematic measures to participate in improving the safety of care and to reduce risks to all individuals, with special attention to at-risk groups, including people with disabilities and older people.”