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Partners call for safe maternal and newborn care on National Patient Safety Day

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Partners call for safe maternal and newborn care on National Patient Safety Day

Investments in reducing patient harm can lead to significant financial savings, improved system efficiency and, most importantly, better patient outcomes.

BRAZZAVILLE, Congo (Republic of), October 13, 2021 / Groupe APO / –

The Ministry of Health and partners collectively called for safe maternal and newborn care in Ghana at the 3rd National Conference on Patient Safety and Quality of Health Care in Accra. The conference, which culminated with the observation of Patient Safety Day 2021, was under the theme: “No quality, no coverage; Safe Maternal and Newborn Care Now ”.

The 2021 conference, organized in partnership with the Ghana Network for Quality Improvement of Care for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, incorporated a national learning forum for quality of care. The platform enabled point-of-care quality improvement teams to share their knowledge of quality improvement work being done to promote safe, quality care aimed at reducing maternal and newborn morbidity and death. .

In Ghana, about 80% of births take place in health facilities. Despite this high coverage, maternal mortality and neonatal mortality remain high at 319 per 100,000 live births and 25 per 1,000 live births respectively.

Dr Francis Kasolo, WHO Country Representative, noted that the statistics raise a red flag on the safety and quality of care received by mothers and their newborns, and stressed that the damage caused to patients during health care is preventable, but millions of patients are injured while in care. . He therefore called on all healthcare stakeholders to make patient safety an urgent global public health concern, adding that “investments in reducing harm to patients can lead to significant financial savings, improved performance. system efficiency and, more importantly, better patient outcomes ”. Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman said the ministry is committed to high standards of patient safety as a component of quality, adding that as the government moved forward in its Agenda 111, he would focus not only on coverage, but also on quality.

He hinted, however, that in recent years the number of medical negligence cases has been increasing. This, he said, was not only because patients and families were aware of their rights, but also because little attention had been paid to these areas.

Mr. Agyeman Manu called for media support to educate the public on patient safety and advocate for high standards of care in the country’s healthcare delivery system, especially for vulnerable groups such as pregnant women. and children. Dr Patrick Kuma-Aboagye, Director General of Ghana Health Service (GHS), reiterated that the safety of patients, including mothers and newborns, was a major concern for the GHS, which is why it was endeavored to develop implementation guidelines. for the national health care quality strategy. He further explained the Ghanaian concept of network of practices as a strategy to achieve universal health coverage.

Nana Ama Serwaa Bonsu, Queen Mother of Bekwai and President of the Queen Mothers Foundation, also stressed the need for compassionate, professional and respectful care from health workers. She said that a common cause of the medical error was poor communication and the need to improve it. She urged medical professionals not to condemn and to also recognize patient confidentiality and privacy. The World Health Organization took the opportunity to announce plans to support the review of the national healthcare quality strategy and an assessment of patient safety implementation activities that will inform finalization. of the national patient safety policy.

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