The event was held in the presence of Dr Rashid al Abri, head of WHO-CC, as well as Dr Qamrah al Sariri, director general of Quality Assurance Center, Ministry of Health.
H E Dr Sa’eedi pointed out that this national centre that was officially announced at the Arab Health Ministers’ Meeting in December last year, represents all health sectors in the sultanate and it seeks to upgrade quality and patients safety at the national, regional and international levels.
He also stressed that designating Oman as a WHO collaborating centre was due to its significant progress in the field of quality over the years in addition to its continuous collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for the Eastern Mediterranean particularly in developing and implementing patient safety tools, such as ‘Safe Surgery Saves Life’, ‘Clean Care Safer Care’, ‘Patient Engagement and Empowerment for Patient Safety' and ‘Reporting and Learning Systems for Safer Care’ as well as in operational research on patient safety and quality.
The collaborating centre will focus on five main tasks underlined in the provision of the needed resources, professional development and training, preparation of policies and strategies, integrating patient safety teaching within the health institutes curricula, along with conducting patient safety research and studies.
In light of this, a ministerial decision was issued to form a permanent committee to coordinate the work of the WHO Collaborating Centre.
Dr Rashid al Abri emphasised that this centre will have representatives from all health sectors in the sultanate. He added, it is the only centre in the region in the same field and will serve as a source of Omani experience in the region, and in return benefit the national health institutions from WHO experiences.
The collaborating centre aims at implementing several themes in cooperation with the WHO. The centre will also provide education and training on the principles of patient safety and quality in cooperation with the WHO and other non-profit public institutions.