World Patient Safety Day To Be Marked On Thursday

World Patient Safety Day to be marked on Thursday

ISLAMABAD, (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Sep, 2020 ) :Like other parts of the globe, International Patient Safety Day will be marked on September 17 including Pakistan, the objective of World Patient Safety Day to enhance global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of health care and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm.

World Patient Safety Day was established by the 72nd World Health Assembly, in May 2019, with the adoption of resolution WHA72.6 on 'Global action on patient safety', and an endorsement for the Day to be marked annually on 17 September, said a press release.

World Patient Safety Day builds on a series of successful annual Global Ministerial Summits on Patient Safety, which started in London in 2016.

The origin of the Day is firmly grounded in the fundamental principle of medicineFirst, do no harm.

The COVID-19 pandemic is presently among the biggest challenges and threats to face the world and humanity, and health care is living its greatest crisis in patient safety ever! The pandemic has exerted unprecedented pressure on health systems worldwide.

Health systems can only function with health workers, and a knowledgeable, skilled and motivated health workforce is critical for the provision of safe care to patients.

Objectives of World Patient Safety Day 2020 raise global awareness about the importance of health worker safety and its interlinkages with patient safety Engage multiple stakeholders and adopt multimodal strategies to improve the safety of health workers and patients Implement urgent and sustainable actions by all stakeholders which recognize and invest in the safety of health workers, as a priority for patient safety Provide due recognition of health workers' dedication and hard work, particularly amid the current fight against COVID-19The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the huge challenges health workers are currently facing globally.

Working in stressful environments exacerbates safety risks for health workers, including being infected and contributing to outbreaks in the health care facility, having limited access or adherence to personal protective equipment and other infection prevention and control measures, and inducing errors which can potentially harm patients and health workers. In many countries, health workers are facing increased risks of infections, violence, accidents, stigma, illness and death.

During these unprecedented times, a combination of virtual and other activities is being planned by WHO to observe and celebrate the Day in September. The signature mark of the global campaign is to light up iconic monuments, landmarks, and public places in orange colour, in collaboration with local authorities. This will also be a gesture of respect and gratitude to all health workers.