Inter-Regional Technical Consultation on Best Practices in Patient Safety & Quality of Care Begin
Under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Saidi, Minister of Health the Inter-Regional Technical Consultation on Best Practices in Patient Safety and Quality of Care in Africa and Asian-Pacific Regions commenced today at Al-Wahat club.
The three-day conference is jointly organized by the World Health Organization (WHO) - HQ and WHO – Eastern Mediterranean Regional Office (EMRO) in collaboration and support from the government of Oman and Japan.
Oman is hosting this Inter-Regional Technical Consultation with participation of the Directorate General of Quality Assurance Center in the Ministry of Health (MOH), Sultan Qaboos University Hospital (SQUH), Oman Medical Specialty Board (OMSB), Medical Services of Royal Oman Police and Diwan of Royal court.
The conference is gathering around 45 - 50 participants and experts. “In line with the requirement of the assurance and quality control systems, the health institutions in the Sultanate started to improve the quality of health services and patient safety. The Ministry of Health, other government health institutions, as well as the private health institutions and in collaboration with the WHO and other World agencies have develop suitable health policies, strategies and interventions in various fields that act in complementary and contribute to improved health services delivery” Dr. Ahmed al-Mandhari, MOH Director-General of Quality Assurance Center said in his speech.
On the other hand, Dr. Sameen Siddiqi, Director of the Department of Health Systems Development at EMRO office stressed in his speech that; “For the WHO, patient safety is a fundamental principle of health care. A number of countries have published studies showing that significant numbers of patients are harmed due to their health care. Patient safety represents the reduction of risks for health care related harm. It demands a broad range of actions including infection control, safe use of medicines, equipment safety, safe clinical practice and safe environment of care. Indeed patient safety is among the most critical elements of good quality care.”
This inter-regional technical consultation aims at providing a common platform for dialogue, information exchange between participants’ countries on local initiatives, explore how patients can be further involved in the process of strengthening patient safety and quality of care improvement as valid partnership, use latest evidence from international experiences and know how addressing quality and safety improvement including monitoring and alert mechanism..etc.