Durban hosts Africa’s first world hospital congress
Patient care and hospital management came under the spotlight last week as stakeholders in the industry gathered in Durban last week. The 40th World Hospital Congress was organised by the department of health in partnership with the International Hospital Federation and supported by the Hospital Association of South Africa under the theme patient-centred care and safety.
The congress saw over 600 delegates from across the globe gather at the Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre in Durban, Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsoaledi graced the Congress as a keynote speaker.
During his address, he spoke in length, about a number of challenges faced by public sector hospitals in South Africa. He says these are located “downstream” and persist despite significant gains being made in other areas of the health system. The minister says many of these challenges are rooted in weak management capacity and weak systems.
Financial gap between public and private health institutions
The financial gap issue between private and public hospitals also came under the spotlight.
Medical managers were urged to assist by reducing private medical costs while the issue of quality and safety medical care at public hospitals is being improved.
The government says reviewing the high pricing rates on medical aids and private infrastructure will ease the burden on public hospitals.
Doctors overworked and underpaid.
The majority of doctors attending the congress say fatigue is their biggest challenge because it threatens patient safety. They called on the government to give the health sector more attention.
The congress also touched on the importance of Technology in the healthcare sector.
Technology plays a very important role in the advancement of medical innovations and patient care. There were also growing calls for governments around the globe to continue investing in technology to better diagnose and treat patients
Developed countries must help developing ones
KwaZulu-Natal Premier Willies Mchunu appealed for assistance in implementing and monitoring the national health insurance.
Mchunu also raised concern at the fact that many people in Kwa-Zulu Natal are failing to make health-related decisions on their own.
He told delegates there that KZN is struggling with various forms of preventable diseases due to health illiteracy.
The three-day congress then ended with a hospital tour. This is the first time that this meeting was held on the African continent.
The next congress will be held in the city of Taipei, Taiwan in 2017.
— Eric de Roodenbeke (@IHF_CEO) November 3, 2016
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