Aga Khan hospital appeals for safety of health workers

19Sep 2020
The Guardian Reporter
Dar es Salaam
The Guardian
Aga Khan hospital appeals for safety of health workers

THE Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam (AKH) has promised to continue enforcing health and safety measures across its facilities to ensure access to and delivery of high-quality patient care and thus contribute to the country’s health sector development.

This was said yesterday in Dar es Salaam during the commemoration of  the World Patient Safety Day under the theme “Health Worker Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety”.

Speaking at the event Dr Ahmed Jusabani, medical director of AKH Dar es Salaam said, “September 17, is marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), international partners and all countries to celebrate World Patient Safety Day. The overall objectives of World Patient Safety Day are 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.”.

He said that with over 90 years of excellent health care service delivery across the country, the Aga Khan Health Service, Tanzania prides in implementing best practices and policies to achieve maximum and superior access to Patient-centred care at all its hospitals and outreach health centres.

Dr. Jusabani said Covid-19 pandemic required the hospital to take extraordinary safety and support measures for  protection of the staff including; staff health program, special staff medical coverage;  staff training in preparation for managing the pandemic; constant supply of Personal  Protective Equipment; clinical guidelines for management of Covid-19; psychosocial support team in response to psychological needs; Work from home policy which provided flexibility to staff during the influx; Public Private Partnership (PPP) in particular with public institutions to support staff safety in government hospitals by providing PPEs and supplies and creative waste management activities.

He added: “The Aga Khan Hospital is eagerly joining hands with WHO and other international partners to celebrate this remarkable initiative which is helping to shape the healthcare delivery system while keeping our staff and patients’ safety a Priority”.

“Joint Commission International (JCI) re-accreditation is a fundamental role and justification of the hospital’s commitment to this day.  During the certification process, the hospital was evaluated by international surveyors against more than one thousand measurable elements covering all aspects of healthcare delivery. The accreditation by JCI, USA confirms the credible and satisfactory safety measures undertaken by the Institution at all levels of access care and delivery”.

For her part, Aika Mongi, director of nursing at the Aga Khan Hospital, Dar es Salaam said “The Covid-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges health workers are facing globally. Health workers encounter increased risk of healthcare associated infections, violence, accidents, stigma, illness and death.

She said that the objectives of this year’s celebration are to 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