This morning, Mary Muthoni Muriuki, Principal Secretary of the State Department of Public Health and Professional Standards, kick-started World Patient Safety Day walk at Afya House.
In honour of the essential role patients, families, and carers play in the security of healthcare, World Patient Safety Day 2023 will be marked on September 17 with the theme “Engaging patients for patient safety.”
One of the global public health days designated by WHO is World Patient Safety Day. The resolution WHA72.6 – “Global action on patient safety” was adopted by the 72nd World Health Assembly in 2019 to create it.
Its goals are to raise public awareness and participation, improve understanding on a worldwide scale, and promote international cooperation and member-state action to improve patient safety and lessen patient damage.
Safety, patient happiness, and health outcomes all significantly improve when patients are regarded as partners in their care, according to the evidence. Patients can help ensure the safety of both their care and the healthcare system as a whole by participating actively in the healthcare team.
WHO exhorts all parties to give patients priority when it comes to participation in governance, safety measures, and their own care. “Let’s give patients more influence so that healthcare is safer!”