Written by Williams ABAH

Patients, health worker’s safety should be prioritised- Iden

The chief executive officer, Occupational Health and Safety Managers, Mr. Ehi Iden, has stressed the need for patients and health workers’ safety to be prioritised.

Iden said this at an event organised to commemorate the World Patients Safety Day held in Abuja.

According to him, the COVID-19 impact on the health and safety of the healthcare workers as was evident globally, has thought health professional lesson on how to put in place safety measures for health workers. He also said there is need for global discussions on ways to ensure health workers are secure in their work-place.

Iden said World Health Organisation, WHO, has chosen an important theme for this year event, which was tagged, ‘Healthcare Workers' Safety a Priority for Patient Safety'.

In his words, "As we join the rest of the world to mark the World Patient Safety Day 2020 as adopted at the 72nd World Health Assembly Resolution in May 2019, it is important to strengthen the fact that both the safety of the health care workers and that of the patients should be protected.

Iden said occupational safety and good treatment outcomes could be jeopardised if health worker’s safety could not be guaranteed.

In his words, "Good treatment outcomes and the safety of the patients is a combination of many variables, it is difficult to give credit to specific sets of professions within the system. Outcomes are always joint efforts of all employees within the facility and this is one of the reasons why we argued that safety must start from the boardroom to

the bedside, to the gatehouse and beyond".

He appealed to all employers of labour within the healthcare sector, the government and regulatory agencies to look closely into the issues of health care workers' safety and protection. He added that the health care work environment is highly infectious stressing that there is need for safe process designs, improved hygiene practices, use of personal protective equipment and vaccination of health care workers against infectious diseases with existing vaccines.


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