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Tonga yesterday marked World Patients Day with the theme “Patients Safety, a Global Health Priority.”

Radio & TV Tonga, Nuku’alofa, 01/10/2019

World Patients Day was initially established by the World Health Organisation to be marked worldwide annually beginning this year on the 17th of September. However due to obligations to the late Prime Ministers state funeral around the 17th, the Ministry of Health marked the important day with a special program yesterday.

With this special day in recognition of patients’ safety there is hope for better safety for patients with the Health Director – Dr. Siale ‘Akauola emphasizing during yesterday’s program how patients’ safety was everyone’s business.

This year’s theme also urged the patients to speak so they can work together with the doctors and health workers to reduce medical errors and risks to patients in health care.

Dr. ‘Akauola encouraged the workers at Vaiola Hospital along with the ministry staff to work towards this theme as everybody should have equitable access to quality assured and safe healthcare services.

He said improving patient safety is essential to maximizing the value of healthcare towards better health outcomes and for advancing universal health coverage.

The WHO have released information that shows many cases of patient harm occur every year due to unsafe care in hospitals in low and middle-income countries and so they hope with this World Patient Day they can minimize the deaths from unsafe care in hospitals.

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