Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dr. Wilson K. Aruasa, MBS, EBS, today led the Hospital in commemorating World Patient Safety Day at MTRH Riley Mother and Baby Hospital (RMBH).
The World Patient Safety Day is commemorated on 17th September annually.
This year’s theme is: “safe maternal and newborn care,” aimed at raising global awareness on the issues of maternal and newborn safety.
Dr. Aruasa said the burden of unsafe newborn care has exposed women and newborns to numerous risks resulting in disability and, in extreme circumstances, death.
He said majority of stillbirths, maternal and newborn deaths can be avoided through providing safe and quality care by skilled health professionals working in a supportive healthcare system.
“Stakeholder engagement, robust leadership, an enabling environment, and adoption of policies and standards ultimately leads to better maternal and newborn outcomes.”
While lauding Reproductive Health Directorate for the excellent service delivery, leading with development & implementation of clinical protocols, Dr. Aruasa urged all MTRH staff to strive for continual improvement geared towards patient safety.
“Let’s all make our patients safe at all times, through a thorough and detailed history- taking, of each patient and head- to- toe physical examination. Our Patient Safety Slogan being; -All Staff must be Safe to make Patients Safe, and our Patient Safety begins with the Mother and the Baby.” he added added.
MTRH CEO further called upon all the staff and public to turn up for COVID-19 vaccination as/when scheduled.
He thanked the Ministry of Health (MoH) and the Hospital Board for supporting the Management efforts to improve the welfare of staff with the view of improving client outcomes.
MTRH took lessons on Safety Processes & Operations from the Aviation Sector leading to in depth Root Cause Analysis (RCA), Quality Assurance and mainstreaming a culture of quality in all spheres, a lesson all institutions should emulate.
The CEO also recognized and expressed his appreciation to Housekeeping and Public Health Departments as they marked the International Housekeepers and Environmental Service Week (September 12 to 18, 2021).
He commended them for maintaining cleanliness in the Hospital, through proper waste disposal, Infection control, pest & rodent control.
Present in the function were: the Director Reproducive Health (RH); Dr. Wycliffe Kosgei; Deputy Director RH, Dr. Richard Mogeni; Ag. DNS, Carolyne Sang; Patient Safety Coodinator, Mr. James Leboo, SAD Nursing Services, Sr. Martina Mukami, Nurse Manager RH, Sarah Esendi; HAO RH, Elisha Were, Staff, Resident Doctors and medical trainees from Occupational Health & Safety Unit, RH and New Born Unit.