Kenya focusing on enhancing patient safety as part of UHC

The government is putting in place efficient health service delivery systems, strengthening health infrastructure and human resources to ensure quality, safe and affordable services for all Kenyans.

Public Health and Professional Standards, Principal Secretary, Mary Muthoni. PHOTO/MOH

Public Health and Professional Standards, Principal Secretary, Mary Muthoni says safety and quality of healthcare services is at the core of provision of Universal Health Coverage (UHC).

“This is reaffirmed by shift of focus from curative to preventive and Promotive health,” Muthoni said.

The World Health Organization estimates that four in 100 people die from unsafe care in low-income countries.

“For us the safety of patients is not just an individual concern but also a public health issue. Preventing infections and errors in healthcare settings helps limit the spread of diseases, contributes to community well-being, and supports broader public health goals.

“As we commemorate the World Patient Safety Day, the Ministry of Health reaffirms its unwavering commitment to patient safety initiatives at every level of care.

“Sincere appreciation to our esteemed partners the World Health Organization, Pharm Access, Agha Khan Health Services and the Kenya Association of Pharmaceutical Industries. Your dedication to patient safety is commendable, and your support is instrumental in advancing our shared goals,” said the Public Health and Professional Standards, Principal Secretary.

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