As part of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa / FATA strategic vision for the year 2014 the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) Khyber Medical University (KMU) in collaboration with FATA Secretariat, HSRU FATA & GiZ FATA Development program for Pakistan has organized two intensive workshops on “INFECTION PREVENTION” on March 5-6 and 7-8, 2014 at KMU-Institute of Basic Medical Sciences (KMU-IBMS) Hayatabad Peshawar. The major objectives of these workshops were to provide health care providers with the necessary skills to maintain high level of hygiene in the health facilities thereby ensuring infection prevention. Target group of these workshops were Medical Technicians and LHVs in PHC facilities selected under the QII, 1st round. The participants participated from various health facilities across FATA in 8–10 persons per group.
It is pertinent to highlighted that DHS FATA jointly with GIZ is implementing the Quality Improvement Initiative of health care services in FATA. Selected facilities from all agencies and FRs will undergo an assessment of the quality of their services based on the “Standards for Primary Health Care FATA”.
The project will provide inputs in order to improve quality such as in-service training, infrastructure improvement and equipment.
In addition the staff will be trained and supported in applying methods off continuous quality improvement in their facilities.
Infection prevention in health facilities plays an important role in ensuring good quality of care therefore all members of staff in a facility should have to observe Standard Operating Procedures in infection prevention. Furthermore regular supervision is required as part of a quality assurance plan to maintain a high standard of hygiene. Infection prevention in a health facility includes topics such as Cleanliness of the workplace, Disinfectants, antiseptics and relevant procedures, Personal hygiene and protection, Handling of used instruments and Waste management.
The project seeks to set up in-service training for health care providers in infection prevention. The training course is short term with the option of refresher training. The training consisted on problem based and practical learning.
While speaking to the workshops VC KMU Prof. Dr. Mohammad Hafizullah said that organizing such like workshops for the backward areas health providers was an excellent effort of all the partners. He said KMU was always open to provide a platform to all relevant forums for education as well as for training and research activities.
Source: The Frontier Post.