The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Primary healthcare Board, Dr Lateef Lawal, has urged health workers to avoid preventable hazards during the course of treating patients.
Lawal was represented by the director, Medical Science and Disease Control, Lagos State Primary healthcare Board, Dr Eniola Erinoso, at a workplace safety summit organised by the Lagos State Safety Commission to sensitise health personnel, as well as patients, to ensure that safety measures were fully complied with in hospitals.
he said, “health workers must be wary of physical and environmental hazards while on duty. There must be safe water for patients and workers, as well as availability of appropriate drugs to ensure patients do not contract another disease while receiving treatment.
“They must follow safety control precautions – washing their hands with soap and water after attending to every patient and ensuring they wear protective garments during disease outbreaks.”
Lawal added that patients should be exposed to treatment benefit analysis which proposes the best treatment for any condition.
“For most conditions, we have a treatment that requires surgery, some condition you can use drugs. You have to weigh the options with the health of the patient. Whichever treatment you embark on, be sure you minimise its effect on the patient.”
he explained that health workers were also susceptible to hazards and danger in the course of discharging their duties. he added that they must ensure maximum safety when handling highly infectious diseases.
The DG of LSC, hakeem Olaogun, said the summit was organised to enable safety practitioners discuss the culture of safety.
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