Introduction – World Patient Safety Day is celebrated on September 17 every year all over the world to raise awareness and increase the world’s understanding of patient safety. World Health Organization (WHO) celebrated this day with its international partners worldwide.
The main purpose of this day is to increase the engagement of the public for reducing patient harm, promoting patient safety, and safety of health care. This day became more important when the whole world was tackling the coronavirus pandemic. During the Covid-19 pandemic, health workers were tirelessly working for patient safety and also control the effects of coronavirus.
History – In May 2019, the 72nd World Health Organization was established World Patient Safety Day by adopting the resolution WHA72.6 on ‘’Global action on patient safety’’ and is celebrated every year on September 17 worldwide. This day builds on a series of successful Global Ministerial Summits yearly on the safety of patients that began in the year 2016 in London, England. During the Covid-19 pandemic, this day is important for the safety of patients.
Theme – The theme of World Patient Safety Day in the year 2021 is ‘’Safe maternity and newborn care’’ that highlights reducing maternal and newborn deaths by skilled professionals working in supporting environments.
Slogan – The slogan for World Patient Safety Day in the year 2021 is ‘’Act now for safe and respectful childbirth’’. On this day, World Health Organization (WHO) urges to all investors to ‘’Act now safe and respectful childbirth’’ worldwide.
Significance – World Patient Safety Day is celebrated to spread awareness of patient safety all around the world. It increases the understanding about patient safety that plays an important role in achieving sustainable development goals and worldwide health coverage. This day provides an opportunity to bring all the patients, health workers, communities, and families together to be a part of patient-safe healthcare. In this year, the main purpose of this day is to spread awareness on the issues associated with maternal and newborn safety during childbirth all around the world.