Secure medicine key for higher healthcare

In Could 2019, on the 72nd World Well being Meeting, a “World Motion on Affected person Security” decision was adopted by World Well being Organisation (WHO) urging member states to recognise affected person security as a key precedence in well being sector insurance policies and programmes. The decision established ‘World Affected person Security Day’ as an official WHO day to be noticed yearly on September 17. 

This commemoration challenges us as healthcare givers to make sure that we obtain our obligation of delivering Treatment With out Hurt; the slogan for this yr’s World Affected person Security Day celebrations. 

The necessity for top medicine security requirements calls for that clinicians prescribe, dispense and administer acceptable medicines and monitor their use. The Treatment-With out-Hurt technique goals at decreasing extreme avoidable medication-related hurt by 50 % globally within the subsequent 5 years. 

Uganda experiences crucial medicine challenges referring to practices and errors resembling incorrect dosages, unclear directions by healthcare givers to their shoppers, use of abbreviations and inappropriate or illegible prescriptions and self-medication, amongst others. 

In accordance with the US’s Institute for Healthcare Informatics, the worldwide value related to medicine errors is estimated at $42b yearly.  

Authorities is dedicated to making sure availability of ample and protected medicines and provides in all the nation. That is why now we have strengthened the Nationwide Drug Authority (NDA), whose mandate is to make sure that the medicine now we have available on the market are of fine high quality, protected and efficacious. 

Well being care is basically dependent upon medicines for stopping infections, decreasing ache, and treating sickness. High quality care means getting the proper medication, in the proper dose, at an reasonably priced value, by all of the individuals who want it.   

The Ministry of Well being established a secretariat at NDA that displays and analyses unwanted effects from medicine. We have now put in place a number of platforms the place the general public can report drug-related issues. These embody a toll free telephone quantity (0800101999), WhatsApp quantity (0740002070), e mail ([email protected]). Reporting surprising drug response helps us in taking regulator motion.   

We have now additionally continued to extend availability and provide of important medicines within the well being amenities. To avert rampant stock-outs and expiry of medicines and provides, the ministry, by way of Nationwide Medical Shops has empowered managers of well being amenities to quantify and order for medicines primarily based on their particular wants. We’re additionally in superior levels of rolling out the web-based ordering system at lower-level well being centres.

We’re conscious that insufficient staffing contributes to mismanagement of medicines and associated provides which fits in opposition to the precept of high quality affected person care. The minisitry is dedicated to recruiting extra workers to cut back the patient-health employee ratio.  

To reinforce the protected storage of medicines and provides, now we have  constructed 19 medication shops within the districts of Ntoroko, Zombo, Nakaseke, Buikwe, Luuka, Pallisa, Serere, Napak, Nakapiripirit, Bukwo, Alebtong, Agago, Lwengo, Lyantonde, Isingiro, Buhweju, Sheema, Rubirizi, and Buliisa. We’re additionally developing a brand new trendy warehouse and a central vaccine retailer for NMS at Kajjansi with the capability of 30,000 pallet positions in comparison with the present 8,000 pallet positions.

In November 2021, the ministry launched the Affected person Security Venture. The challenge is specializing in bettering the protection of our shoppers and well being staff by way of the discount of unsafe practices in all of the 16 regional referral hospitals, China Uganda Friendship Nationwide Referral Hospital-Naguru and Tororo Normal Hospital. The challenge farther goals at having higher working surroundings by way of establishing dependable reporting mechanism for medical errors and close to misses. 

As a ministry, we’re dedicated to making sure that the proper instruments and supplies are made accessible to facilitate the proper analysis and accountable prescription practices. We’re strengthening stakeholder coordination and assist  in the direction of elevated demand for accountability and high quality companies in addition to mobilising for added assist for  the extremely wanted sources to fulfill the rising demand for medicine security and common well being care in Uganda. 

The creator is the Minister of Well being

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