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Measures to strengthen primary health care system - Keheliya

Health Minister Keheliya Rambukwella yesterday said that the country’s primary health care system is being strengthened in the midst of the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The Minister further said that this will further strengthen the provision of primary, secondary, and tertiary care services.

He was joining the national function held yesterday (17) to mark International Patient Safety Day via Zoom. The ceremony was held at the Office of the Director of Healthcare, Quality and Safety at the Castle Street Women’s Hospital.

The theme of this year’s International Patient Safety Day is Maternal Safety and Newborn Care. Simultaneously, a handbook on action plans was launched recognizing that drug misuse is a major problem for patient safety. The Certificate Awarding Ceremony of the Health Staff Incentive Competition was also held yesterday.

At present, a large number of programmes have been implemented to improve the safety and quality of patients in the hospital system in the country and accordingly steps have been taken to improve the quality of prenatal wards and clinics, maternity wards and postnatal wards in all hospitals. How many This is evident from the declining maternal and neonatal mortality rate at a time when there is a global epidemic in the country, the Minister said.

He also said that the improvement in the provision of human resources, infrastructure and modern technological equipment for the health system has had a significant impact on this. In particular, the Government is working to improve the quality of maternity and maternity care services through the provision of these resources.

The Minister also said the Government is fully committed to providing a high level of service to patients with a high level of attention. In providing these services, the Government is committed to finding solutions to limited health care and financial crises. We have seen the results achieved through the guidelines established to ensure the quality and safety of the service provided by every healthcare institution.

This is evident from the fact that the infection rate and maternal mortality rate have been reduced due to the improvement in the sanitation of the hospital system in the country. This national programme was organized by Dr. Devani Ranaweera, Director, Healthcare, Quality and Safety. Maj. Gen. Dr. Sanjeewa Munasinghe, Secretary to the Ministry of Health, Dr. Asela Gunawardena, Director General of Health Services, Dr. Alaka Singh, Representative of Sri Lanka to the World Health Organization, Dr. Lakshmi Somatunga, Additional Secretaries to the Ministry of Health and Dr. Sunil de Alwis were also present.


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