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Patient Safety Initiative to be Scaled Up to Entire Punjab: Dr Yasmin

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LAHORE– Punjab Health Minister Dr. Yasmin Rashid inaugurated the Four-day International Patient Safety Workshop at the Fatima Jinnah Medical University here on Tuesday.

Present on the occasion were Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Professor Amir Zaman Khan, Director AURAK, Dr. Aliya, Deputy Director Dr. Hussain Jaffery, faculty and students whereas Founding Director of Saudi Patient Safety Center Dr. Abdullah Alhawsawi joined via video link. Dr. Hussain Jaffery welcomed the participants and elaborated the objectives of the Workshop.

Dr. Yasmin Rashid addressed the participants and appreciated the organizers especially Dr. Hussain Jaffery for arranging such an important event. She said patient safety is as important as health workers safety.

The Minister said, “Patient Safety is one of our main priorities and it has been made part of our strategy for the next decade. A provincial committee has been constituted for the first time for patient safety and quality. With the support of the World Health Organization, a Patient Safety Friendly Hospital Initiative has been started in 10 Public Sector Hospitals of Punjab and this initiative will be scaled up to entire Punjab. The World Patient Safety Day is commemorated internationally to highlight the importance of safety of patients and health workers. On the World patient Safety Day, I salute the healthcare workers who served Corona patients day nights. We want to make Fatima Jinnah Medical University a centre of Excellence for Patient Safety.”

The Minister thanked Dr. Abdullah Alhawsawi for supporting the four-day international Workshop on Patient safety. She further said, “We will develop a comprehensive program to promote patient safety in Punjab in collaboration with Saudi Patient Safety Centre.”

Later, Vice Chancellor Fatima Jinnah Medical University Professor Amir Zaman Khan addressed the participants and thanked the health Minister for joining the event. He said Conferences like this are extremely important to train youngsters and highlight the importance of patient safety.

Dr. Hussain Jaffery said that different areas and dimensions of Patient Safety will be discussed in detail. He also expressed gratitude to participants of the conference.

Punjab Minister Health also inaugurated tree-plantation campaign at Fatima Jinnah University.— HANDOUT