Igbinedion University Patient Safety Skills Institute (IUPSSI) in collaboration with Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital has joined the rest of the World in commemorating the World Patient Safety Day with a call on the Federal Government to improve on protection for Health workers who are often exposed to infection while discharging their duty.
In his opening address, the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Lawrence Ikechukwu Ezemonye PhD. FAS, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Deborah Odejimi, noted that the theme adopted for this year’s celebration by the International Society for Quality in Health Care namely “Health Workers Safety: A Priority for Patient Safety” is apt in relation to the objectives of the Igbinedion University’s Patient Safety Skills Institute (IUPSSI) fashioned after the WHO’s Patient Safety Day agenda.
He lamented that the infection of coronavirus disease particularly on several health workers could have been avoided if sufficient Personal Protective Equipment was provided, maintaining that the commemoration of World Patient Safety Day had given the University’s Patient Safety Skills Institute the opportunity to re-energize its activities in collaboration with its partners.
Also speaking, Dr. Hendrith Esene, Head of Community Medicine, University of Benin, stated that 80 percent of harms which occur in the hospitals are preventable if health workers are sufficiently protected, advocating that all knowledge and information needed for patient safety should be made available. He also added voice to the struggle by Joint Health Workers Union of Nigeria (JOHESU) with an appeal to the Federal government to look into their demands in the interest of all.
Dr. Esene observed that patients should be the center of care in health care delivery and should as well be given the opportunity for justice in all matters concerning them. He further expressed worry over the stigmatization of health workers, especially those that work in Covid-19 Isolation Centers
In his contribution, the Igbinedion University Patient Safety Skills Institute (IUPSSI) International partner and Consultant Anesthetist/Community Health Physician with the UK NHS, based in Newcastle, UK, Dr. Asekhame Isemede, who addressed the gathering via Zoom, seized the opportunity to thank all healthcare providers in Nigeria especially those at Igbinedion University Teaching Hospital for standing for their patients at all times. He said health workers should consider the struggle for improve welfare as work in progress and not be deterred to put in their best.
He also thanked the management of Igbinedion University for supporting health workers to avoid the spread of Covid-19 in Nigeria while urging Nigerian academics and clinicians to approach the issue of health care delivery in the country with all generosity.
Dignitaries present at the occasion include the Chief Medical Director of IUTH, Prof. Nosakhare Bazuaye, represented by Dr. Godwill Agbon-Ojeme, the Registrar of Igbinedion University, Friday Benji Bakare, Esq, University Librarian, Dr. Lucky Tijani Abdulsalami, Chief Medical Director, Central Hospital, Benin, Dr. Moses Imologhomhe, Provost of Oba Okunade Sijuade College of Health Sciences, Prof. Jacob Unuigbe and the Incident Manager, Edo State Covid-19 team, Dr. Andrew Obi.