By Goodluck Musinguzi

Uganda’s iconic landmark the magnificent Jinja Bridge that towers over River Nile has been lighting for two nights to celebrate World Patients Safety Day.

Allen Catherine Kagina, Executive Director of Uganda National Roads Authority said they did this to show solidarity with health workers in Uganda who work hard to safeguard patients.

World Health Organisation Uganda office thanked Government of Uganda fo commemorating World Patients Safety Day with support from UNRA Uganda with the iconic #Jinja bridge is lit in #orange.

Lighting up the bridge in orange is a symbolic gesture that represents a very visible public recognition of health workers’ efforts to provide safe healthcare every single day

GEH are proud to support #PatientSafetyDay. We have marked the occasion by lighting up or GEH statue in orange

The COVID-19 pandemic has unveiled the huge challenges and risks health workers are facing globally including health care associated infections, violence, stigma, psychological and emotional disturbances, illness and even death.

Furthermore, working in stressful environments makes health workers more prone to errors which can lead to patient harm. Therefore, the World Patient Safety Day 2020

In Uganda, Hon Jane Ruth Aceng , Minister of Health said On this Patients Safety Day, ” I want to appreciate and salute all health workers for your commitment, resilience and relentless efforts towards improving service delivery and keeping patients safe, healthy and at the center of all that you do”.

As health workers, let us continue educating patients on their rights, sensitizing them on prevention and protecting ourselves while we administer care.

World Patient Safety day on Thursday 17th September helps us continue making Patient Safety a Priority.

Dr Diana Atwine, Permanent Secretary said its great to see our health workers doing their best in circumstances. I honor them for making sure patients safety in Uganda is made a reality.

“We trained our staffs as the Coronavirus pandemic spread to handle the safety of patients using PPEs. We have teams that keep going around to make sure they give support to colleagues and extra advice on protecting staff and patients.

The Minister of Health, Permanent Secretary and Director General of Health services have moved around the country supporting the day today activities, listening to workers and patients.

Dr Diana Atwine, has pledged to do clinical work at Kawempe Women’s hospital to make sure complaints from the public about the handling of patients are handled. The government is walking the talk.

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