MOH Celebrates National Patient Safety Day
MOH Celebrates National Patient Safety Day17/9/2019
Under the theme: "Polypharmacy: One of Patient Safety Challenges", the Ministry of Health (MOH), represented by the Directorate General of Quality Assurance Center (DGQAC) in collaboration with the other civil and military sectors celebrated today (Tuesday) the 2nd National & 1st World Patient Safety Day under the patronage of H.E. Dr. Ahmed bin Mohammed Al-Saidi, Minister of Health and in the presence of Sheikh Khalid bin Omar bin Said Al-Marhoon, Minister of Civil Service at the Sheraton Hotel.
A number of undersecretaries along with (270) participants from the MOH, as well as civil and military sectors have attended the celebration.
The National Patients Safety Day aims to raise awareness on the concept of patient safety, the usage of international standards and implementing all means for its sustainability in order to spread the concept of patient safety among the community members and the health workers, as well as to provide the staff with the tools and techniques that help them to maintaining the culture of patient safety in their institutions.
The celebration included launching the "Polypharmacy" initiative aiming to develop mechanisms in order to involve and enable the patients to handling their own medications safely, as well as to reduce the polypharmacy for the elderly.
The Polypharmacy refers to the use of a large number of medications, commonly considered to be the use of five or more medications routinely with or without medical prescription.
In this regards Dr. Ahmed Al-Saidi, Minister of Health pointed out in a video speech that the patient safety is a national priority, ensuring that no one person is harmed in the healthcare facilities; therefore, Oman is committed to improving the quality of health care services.
In a recorded video message, Dr. Ahmed Al-Mandhari, WHO Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region called on all health care professionals, policymakers, researchers, community leaders, patients and families to demand safe, accessible healthcare.
On her side, H.E. Dr. Akjimal Magtimova, WHO Representative to the Sultanate said "Today we are celebrating the World Patient Safety Day for the first time globally and in Oman for the second, as Oman was ahead of time to establish its National Patient Safety Day on 17 September 2018, the date that was also kept for the worldwide commemoration of this day starting today".
She also added "We gather today to celebrate Oman's achievements in Patient Safety. In August 2018, the MOH Quality Assurance Center was designated as the WHO Collaborating Center for Quality and Patient Safety Training, the result of tireless work over the years".
Furthermore, Dr. Qamra Al-Saririah, DGQAC Director General stressed that the patient safety is one of the serious public health issues worldwide. It is estimated that one among ten patients in the developed countries is harmed during receiving healthcare in the hospital (inadvertently). She added, currently, there is a growing recognition that patient safety and quality of care is a crucial dimension of the Universal Health Coverage.
Al-Saririah pointed out that the MOH's vision focusing on developing an integrated healthcare system providing high-quality health services according to the best international standards.