ICRC, physicians collaborate to improve healthcare delivery

Yusuff Moshood

The International Committee of Red Cross has partnered with the Association of Public Health Physicians of Nigeria to train healthcare workers on measures that can help improve the safety of healthcare services in Nigeria.

The two-day training, according to a statement made available to PUNCH Healthwise was focused on training physicians on how to enhance safe healthcare delivery to patients. It was also to addressed challenges of violence against healthcare workers.

Speaking during the training programme, the National Chairman of APHPN, Prof. Benjamin Uzochukwu said one of the objectives of the training was to find ways to infuse the subject of ‘Healthcare in Danger’ into the curriculum of medical education in Nigeria.

“The collaboration was necessary to advance the objectives of APHPN and safety of health service delivery in Nigeria. 

“One of the areas of collaboration is in research and training and this is currently ongoing. 

“This exercise will also be replicated in Jos, Maiduguri, Port-Harcourt and Enugu States,” Prof. Uzochukwu said.

According to the statement, the training programme focused on addressing challenges of healthcare delivery during armed conflicts and other emergencies as well as the need for a legal framework for the protection of medical missions during such conflicts and emergencies.

Some of the issues addressed at the training include; The concept of medical neutrality, ways to address the challenges of violence against healthcare workers, the need to create awareness on healthcare safety, formulation of laws on healthcare safety and how to ensure the safety of healthcare facilities.

Other issues addressed were the need to incorporate the protection of healthcare workers into the operational practice for armed forces and armed groups and how to promote the rights and responsibilities of healthcare workers while ensuring respect and adherence to ethical principles.

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