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Gulf PSPCI 2020 concludes with 350 participants

October 17, 2020
finance & economy

The Kingdom of Bahrain recorded a new health achievement as the first Gulf country to celebrate the “World Patient Safety Day” announced by WHO on September 17, 2019, by organizing the PSPCI seminar 2020 “Webinar version” (Patient Safety: An Emphasis on Prevention & Control of Infection Seminar, which recently concluded its works according to Prof. Farry Jeffrey, Chairman of the Scientific Committee.

Prof. Jeffrey said that the Gulf PSPCI seminar achieved remarkable success with the participation of 16 prominent speakers, experts, and specialists from Bahrain and the region, and attracting 350 participants from Workers in the health and medical care sector from many countries.

The Ministry of Health and National Health Regulatory Authority (NHRA) supported the seminar. The organizers, BDA Center for Medical Training and King’s Centre For Professional Development / UAE, were the seminar’s conveners.

The seminar was opened by Dr. Walid Al Mana, the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Health of the Kingdom of Bahrain. Top experts from Bahrain’s Ministry of Health and NHRA, Bahrain, participated in the seminar, including Dr. Azhar Naseeb, Chief, Clinical Trials & Continuing Professional Development Regulations Department, and university professors from Bahrain Saudi Arabia, Libya, Lebanon, Jordan, United States, and the United Kingdom participated. Over 350 enthusiasts attended the online seminar where related topics to patient safety and infection control prevention were covered .

Dr. Jameela Al Salman, Chief of the Disease Control Section at the Health Ministry’s Public Health Directorate, and a member of the National Taskforce for Combating the Coronavirus (COVID-19), was the keynote speaker at the Gulf PSPCI seminar, said that the reason of emphasis on prevention and control of infection was the COVID-19 pandemic, to stress on the significance of controlling this infection.

“The seminar recommended, at the conclusion of its work, to incorporate within the program practical workshop and hands-on training for the major topics and expand the topics on Antibiotic stewardship and training on how to build a program and quality indicators to follow. Besides, this is to have a follow-up education and update on disaster preparedness lab based on lessons learned from covid 19, and plan around the year seminars and workshops for the same topics covered to ensure the best education training level.” DR. Al Salman added.

Dr. Ahmed Shahda, CEO of BDA Center for Medical Training, the seminar organizer, said that the next seminar would be held in September 2021 to coincide with World Patient Safety Day with the world’s top experts in academia healthcare industry. He added that planning for next year is underway, and it will involve WHO experts and some professors from UK, USA, and Australia who have already shown interest in taking part in the 2021 seminar.

“As the 2021 seminar is expected to be a face to face seminar and to be held in Manama, planning for participation of 600-700 physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses, patient safety officers, and healthcare quality experts is underway. “Dr. Shahda concluded.