Zimbabwe commemorates World Patient Safety Day


By ZBC Reporter

THE COVID-19 pandemic has put unprecedented pressure on healthcare systems across the globe which has seen this year’s World Patient Safety Day focusing on the protection of the health worker.

Voice…Officiating at a virtual commemoration of the World Patient Safety Day, the Deputy Minister of Health and Child Care, Dr John Mangwiro said government recognises the work being done by health care workers in ensuring patient safety.

 “The health worker is exposed to many hazards which include physical hazards such as manual material handling, chemical hazards and the silent killer, psychosocial hazards. The COVID 19 has shown how vulnerable health workers are as they face increased risks of infections, violence, accidents, stigma, illness and death,” he said.

The Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Jasper Chimedza reiterated the importance of preventing harm in health care facilities as a matter of public health concern.

 “Everyone interacts with the healthcare system at some point in life and everyone has a role to play in advancing safe health care,” noted Chimedza.

This year’s celebrations are running under the theme “Health worker safety: a priority for patient safety”.