World Patient Safety Day 2022: WHO Looks To Address Healthcare Deaths Resulting From Medication Errors : TV360 Nigeria

Concerned about the increasing death toll from medication errors, the World Health Organization and other critical healthcare stakeholders have staged a Campaign Walk to minimize the challenge.

The Walk in Abuja to commemorate World Patient Safety Day 2022 demonstrates the determination to effectively domesticate and implement the Global Patient Safety Action Plan (2021-2030).

Under the motto of the walk “Drugs without harm”, Minister of Health Dr. Osagie Ehanire Against the Dangers of Self-Medication.

Represented by the Director of Hospital Services, Dr. Adebimpe Adebiyi, the minister explained that the walk is a real way to raise awareness among Nigerians that indulging in self-medication is life-threatening.

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“We are making the entire population aware that it is not enough if you have a headache and get paracetamol or panadol from the pharmacy.

“It is important to be evaluated and diagnosed by a doctor so that you can be given the right medication. We make sure healthcare professionals are using best practices.”

The minister also took time out to reassure Nigerians that the relevant authorities are up to date to ensure healthcare professionals who fail to comply with professional ethics are properly sanctioned by regulators.

“Regulators know what to do. As soon as misconduct is reported to the supervisory authorities, e.g. e.g. the Medical and Dental Council of Nigeria (MDCN), there is an investigative body and a tribunal for cases of misconduct. Anyone found defective will be sanctioned under the law.”

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For his part, Patient Safety Movement Ambassador Ehi Eden highlighted the worrying trend in drug safety, which he says has taken on a global dimension.

“One of the things we do is empower patients and their loved ones to know that it is their right to know the name of the drug they are being given. Because if there are contraindications, then you should be able to say – I took that. NAFDAC has laws that give patients the right to know what drug they are being given.”

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Professor Stephen Abah, Community Physician and Patient Safety Advisor to the Federal Department of Health, also spoke at the event about the federal government’s commitment to developing a patient safety policy for Nigeria.

In his words, “Patient safety is a global focus, especially with this year’s celebration theme centered on medication, hence the need to educate Nigerians about the dangers associated with this type of practice,” he explained.

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