ILE & RMU collaborate to establish Center of Healthcare Leadership

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ILE & RMU collaborate to establish
Center of Healthcare Leadership

RAWALPINDI: A symposium on “Global Perspective on Healthcare Leadership” was organized at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences - Islamabad on 30th November 2019 followed by the 4th International Conference on Patient Safety hosted by Riphah International University.

On this occasion a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Rawalpindi Medical University and Institute of Leadership Excellence to establish Center of Healthcare Leadership in Pakistan at Rawalpindi Medical University. The MOU was signed by Prof. Dr. Muhammad Umar on behalf of Rawalpindi Medical University and Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed on behalf of Institute of Leadership Excellence. ILE, it may be mentioned here is an entity established by PharmEvo Pharmaceuticals as one of its CSR initiatives.


Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmad from ILE and Prof. Muhammad Umar VC
Rawalpindi Medical University exchanging the documents after
signing an MOU to establish Center of Healthcare Leadership.

Speaking at the symposium Vice Chancellor RMU Prof. Umer said patient and human safety is an important pillar of Islamic teachings, which says that saving life of a single human being is equal to saving entire humanity. He further stated that it is the basic right of a patient to get quality treatment. “If a patient dies due to negligence of a healthcare professional, it is an insult for the entire medical fraternity”. The Center of Healthcare Leadership would promote research-based knowledge and train future doctors in safe health practices to save maximum number of human lives, Prof. Umar added.

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed Director Institute of ILE said that patient safety was a global concern at the moment and billions of dollars were being spent globally to ensure protection of lives of patients at healthcare facilities but unfortunately, very little attention was paid in this area in Pakistan. “But patient safety cannot be ensured without developing healthcare professionals as leaders and in order to build capacity of the healthcare professionals, we are going to help Rawalpindi Medical University in establishment of a Center of healthcare leadership”, he informed.

Prof. Dr. Paul Barach an eminent Patient Safety Expert, Clinical Professor of Pediatrics at Wayne State University School of Medicine, USA delivered a keynote speech on “Role of Culture in Healthcare Leadership.” Prof. Dr. Barach pointed out that more spending on healthcare would not solve the issue of patient safety and called for spending on leadership in healthcare to ensure well-being of the patients. Prof. Barach maintained that patients and their family want to have a healthy life so that they can get away from healthcare but deplored that nowadays there are too many poorly-designed healthcare services, making it hard for patients to reach that goal. “One in 10 patients are harmed in hospital care, while 5.7 to 8.4 million deaths occur annually because of poor care in hospitals. Similarly 2 percent of the 234 million patients that go through surgical operations also experience complications,” he said and added: “such poor services are causing quite a financial burden globally.”


A group photograph of speakers and organizers of the Patient Safety
Conference recently held at Islamabad.

Prof. Paul Barach also disclosed that the U.S. spends more than $300 billion, approximately 2 to 3 percent of its gross domestic product, to fix the problem. He emphasized the importance of legislation to protect rights of patients in Pakistan, training of healthcare providers and changing culture at the healthcare facilities to improve patient safety situation in the country.

Prof. Dr. Aziz Shaikh another speaker from Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh, called for enhancing health literacy, use of technology and increasing patient-doctor interaction to reduce chances of medical errors and negligence and ensure patient safety. He called for improving primary healthcare facilities in Pakistan, saying by doing so, load on the tertiary-care facilities could be reduced, which would ultimately result in improved patient safety at the healthcare facilities.

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed discussed the need for developing healthcare professionals as leaders and informed that this institute has been established as a CSR activity that would train healthcare professionals and physicians to ensure patient safety across Pakistan.(PR)