The Minister of Health, Prof. Isaac Adewole, has said that the ministry would soon develop the National Patient Safety Guide to improve healthcare delivery in the nation.
He said that the guide would help to address the ambiguity surrounding the understanding of the field in the country.
Adewole disclosed this while delivering an address on “Patient’s Safety in Nigeria” at the Igbinedion University, Okada, on Friday, April 26.
The minister said that the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has provided effective leadership direction and conducive environment for changes in medical practice, regulation and coordination of patients’ safety interventions.
According to him, the health ministry would provide strategic directions and sustained political will for the institutionalisation of patient’s safety culture in the healthcare system.
Adewole said, “Recently, the ministry launched important policy and strategy document for the effective management of Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Vhild and Adolescent Health (RMNCAH).
“In a short while, the national Patient’s Safety guide would be developed. This will be followed by capacity building of health workers, the use of safe and suitable infrastructure as well as ensuring maintenance culture and safety.”
The minister disclosed that patient safety became an issue of concern after it emerged that there was high prevalence of avoidable adverse events.