The Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP), represented by the Central Infection Prevention and Control Committee, recently organized a workshop on hospital-acquired infections.
The event was held in collaboration with the National Guard Health Affairs, KSA, and MoHAP’s Training & Development Centre in Sharjah, with the participation of 41 trainees from infection control coordinators, a number of doctors and chairmen of Infection Prevention and Control Committees at MoHAP’s hospitals.
The participants tackled several topics, most notably, means of monitoring and detecting infection in hospitals, in accordance with international standards.
Also, the participants from the National Guard Health Affairs showcased the monitoring and investigation systems in hospitals affiliated to the National Guard Health Affairs.
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H.E. Dr. Yousif Al Serkal, Assistant Undersecretary for the Hospitals Sector, underlined that the rate of hospital-acquired infections in the UAE is among the lowest rates worldwide, thanks to including infection prevention within the priorities of Hospitals Sector.
“Infection control is one of the most important health challenges facing medical facilities. For that reason, we are always keen on providing the medical staff with the appropriate training on methods of infection prevention and implementing the unified national standards in hospitals, in addition to adopting the policies and protocols of global organizations in this regard,” said Al Serkal.
He lauded the outstanding expertise of health facilities in Saudi Arabia in hospital-acquired infections control, especially those affiliated to the National Guard.
“MoHAP has developed specific systems to monitor and investigate acquired infections in hospitals with the aim of identifying serious cases. Also, MoHAP has succeeded in reducing the rate of acquired infections in its hospitals through the policies adopted. This is part of the ministry’s efforts to develop health cadres and improve their abilities, skills and performance level on a periodic basis to enhance the patient's confidence in the health system,” he added.
Al Serkal explained that these efforts come as part of MoHAP’s strategy aiming to boost quality and safety for therapeutic, healthcare and pharmaceutical systems according to international standards and in line with the National Agenda 2021.
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Dr. Najiba Abdul Razzaq highlighted the importance of the workshop in providing participants with all-new information, standards, and necessary skills for infection control.
This would help develop and enhance patient safety in health facilities and scale up the standards of performance and excellence, which cope with MoHAP’s programs to curb the hazards of hospital-acquired infections.
This is done by developing the performance of the participants according to the criteria of measuring indicators and comparing them with the standards set at the level of the GCC and international organizations.
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