Patient safety is an imperative dimension in ensuring quality healthcare, and the initiatives and innovations undertaken by our nation have served to mark immense progress in that direction said Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Bharati Pravin Pawar addressing the inaugural session of National Workshop on Accelerating Patient Safety in India in collaboration with World Health Organization (WHO).
The workshop strived to sensitize states and various stakeholder departments regarding their role in the implementation of National Patient Safety Implementation Framework, as well as augment capacity building of health care professionals for patient safety and set forth frameworks for developing quarterly state action plans on patient safety.
Dr. Pawar congratulated all stakeholders on the inception of this workshop and mentioned that in 2002, World Health Organization Member States agreed upon a World Health Assembly resolution on patient safety and India was one of the foremost countries to sign the Global Patient Safety Action Plan 2021-2030.
For the purpose of strengthening patient safety, The National Patient Safety Implementation Framework (NPSIF) was implemented in 2018 to synchronize various strategies and programs of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare such as the National Health Mission, Clinical Establishment Act, Adverse Event Following Immunization (AEFI), Pharmacovigilance Programme, Hemovigilance under one comprehensive policy framework. This enhanced the reach and impact of these programs.
Praising the leadership of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Dr. Pawar said, “India has made phenomenal progress in delivering healthcare services to the innermost regions and remote areas of the nation, all whilst combating significant hurdles and threats.”
She emphasized that to complement the health programs and initiatives and achieve the desired healthcare goals, capacity building of healthcare professionals is paramount in building a workforce that imbibes a preventive and proactive approach to healthcare ensuring harm and mistakes are avoided at all costs.
Lav Agarwal, Additional Secretary; Dr. Roderico H Ofrin WHO Representative to India; Dr. Neelam Dhingra Unit Head, WHO patient Safety Flagship; Maj. Gen. (Prof.) Atul Kotwal, ED, NHSRC; Dr. L. Swasticharan, Additional DDG & Director EMR amongst various state officials and dignitaries present at the occasion.