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Improving patient care key to Health sector overhaul

January 14, 2019 1:04 pm
Dr. Iferemi Waqainabete

Taking a more systematic approach and improving medical services across the country remains the top priority for the Health Ministry.

Minister responsible, Dr. Iferemi Waqainabete says since last year they have implemented certain standards across both the administration and clinical aspects of the sector.

On medical reports, they’ve standardized initial reports to be submitted in five working days and more detailed reports in 10 days.

The response time in hospitals has also been re-strategized to improve patient care.

“See the patient as quickly as we can and getting on with the treatment, that’s how we came up with the four hour policy. So within four hours within the emergency department, we need to ensure that we’ve treated the patient and made some plans. And that’s how we’ve been able to free up the corridors in some of our emergency departments.”

Dr. Waqainabete also notes that renovations and upgrades to medical facilities has also been looked at to ensure a more uniform approach.

To this end he says, a patient in a rural area can expect the same or similar medical facilities within their community like that of bigger hospitals.

With six months left of the financial year, the Minister also notes that they are working to ensure all their upgrades and renovations are carried out and their budget utilized.

The Health Ministry was allocated $335 million for the 2018-2019 financial year.