The Deputy President of the Medical and Health Workers Union of Nigeria, Kabiru Sani, has said that 50% of deaths recorded in the sector are caused by unsafe medication practices and medication errors.
This is as he lamented that the health sector loses $42bn annually due to the wrong medications.
He stated this at an event in commemoration of 2022 World Patient Safety Day, themed, “Medication Safety” held in Abuja.
He said, “According to WHO, unsafe medication practices and medication errors are a leading cause of injury and avoidable harm in health care systems across the world. Globally, the cost associated with medication errors has been estimated at $42bn annually.
“We, therefore, need to draw the domestic and global attention of all relevant authorities to the challenges facing patients, and healthcare workers and the urgent need to ameliorate them.
The overall objective of world patient safety is to enhance and promote global understanding of patient safety, increase public engagement in the safety of healthcare workers, and promote global actions to enhance patient safety and reduce patient harm."
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Source: Punch, 20 September 2022