Do not frequent unaccredited health facilities, Lagos appeals to citizens
The Lagos State Government has advised the citizens of the state to seek medical care only from health facilities approached by the Lagos State Government.
State Commissioner for Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, gave advice during the first edition of the annual World Patient Safety Day organized by an agency of the Ministry of Health in Lagos State, l ‘Health Facility Monitoring and Accreditation Agency, HEFAMAA at the Civic Centre, Victoria Island, Lagos.
The event on the theme “Medication Safety”, with the slogan “Medication without danger” attracted medical and paramedical professionals from the public and private sectors of the State.
At its 72nd World Health Assembly in May 2019, the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution for global action on patient safety and declared September 17 each year as World Safety Day. of patients to raise awareness and drive universal action for patient safety.
Speaking as the main host of the event, Prof. Abayomi discouraged patients from attending health facilities that are not accredited by HEFAMAA.
He gave advice on the caregiver-patient relationship, he said, “I would discourage any citizen of the state from trying to get medical care outside of the medical facilities approached. They must contact an establishment to which HEFAMAA has subscribed to be credible and competent. They must not frequent facilities that have not been accredited by HEFAMAA.
I would like to ask my fellow pharmacists not to dispense medicines to patients without labeling the packets and without ensuring that the patients know the names of the medicines and that the way the medicine should be dispensed is clearly written on the packaging.
I would like to discourage my medical colleagues from inventing diseases. In my opinion and correct me, there is no diagnosis of malaria-typhoid. Malaria can exist with other conditions.
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I like to discourage the citizens of Lagos from getting their medicines without the proper consultations from the licensed establishments. I would also like to discourage my colleagues from over-treating their patients. According to our oath, as I said, do no harm. If you give more than the patient needs, you hurt and if you give less, you also hurt your patients. If you don’t treat at the right time, you are doing harm.
It is the responsibility of the healthcare team led by the attending physicians to ensure that, throughout the process of treating the patient, at no time has the healthcare team aggravated the patient’s situation or caused his death. .
If a patient presents for treatment, the least we can do is cause no harm or worsen their condition. It is our duty to speed up the patient’s healing process through prompt and correct treatment. Patient follow-up with effective communications is key to patient treatment. »
Earlier in her opening remarks, HEFAMAA Board Chair Dr. Yemisi Solanke-Koya congratulated Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and State Commissioner for Health Prof. Akin Abayomi, for their kind support of HEFAMAA.
She added, “The WHO thus states that of all the issues in healthcare, the most significant for preventable harm is that of patient error and certainly in Lagos State we take this very seriously. serious. We at HEFAMAA want to listen to you because we are here to serve you through the mandate of HEFAMAA, we are meant to ensure that there are standards in Lagos that match standards across the world. We are organizing this event to engage with professionals and other actors in the health sector for the benefit of all Lagosians and Nigerians.
In her goodwill message, the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr. Ibijoke Sanwo-Olu commended HEFAMAA for emphasizing patient safety in the state.
As a physician, it is gratifying to me that the world thinks and does something about patient safety, especially when it comes to medication safety, which is the hallmark of the medical profession.
In his keynote address, Managing Director/CEO, Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals, Lagos, Nigeria, Pharm. Mathew Azoji expressed the need to raise awareness and take appropriate action on drug safety as it is essential to public health.
According to him, approximately 10 million patients worldwide suffer preventable harm resulting in disabling injury or death due to unsafe medical practices and poor quality of care each year.
The Executive Director, HEFAMAA, Dr. Abiola Idowu, who delivered the vote of thanks, commended all the health facilities that have always been in compliance with government guidelines.
She, however, urged them to strictly abide by health laws and not slack off on the quality of the services they provide.
The laureates include the First Lady of Lagos State, Dr Ibijoke, former Commissioner of Health of Lagos, Dr Leke Pitan, former Commissioner of Health, Dr Jide Idris, current Commissioner of Health, Professor Akin Abayomi, Former Director of Lagos State Hospital Services, Dr. Bolaji Akinrimisi, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, Prof. John Ikimalo, Prof. Emeritus Osato Giwa-Osagie, Dr. Fayeofori Iketubosin among others.