According to a new joint report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Health Organization (WHO) and the World Bank – poor quality health services are holding back progress on improving health in countries at all income levels.
The report highlights that inaccurate diagnosis, medication errors, inappropriate or unnecessary treatment, inadequate or unsafe clinical facilities or practices, or providers who lack adequate training and expertise prevail in all countries.
While hospital acquired infections can be easily avoided through better and improved hygiene, improved infection control practices and appropriate use of antimicrobials, the picture becomes dismal as people are still affected by something that is avoidable.
The report also underlines the vicious cycle of sickness associated with poor quality healthcare which then imposes additional expenditure on families and health systems.
The report states that around 15 per cent of hospital expenditure in high-income countries is due to mistakes in care provided or patients being infected while in hospitals.
“Hospital acquired infections is something that is avoidable, but in our country as we do not follow all the guidelines, infections gets passed in the hospital. Many other reports suggest that how even medical staff was victim of these infections,” said Dr Abhijit Lodha, physician at Ruby Hall clinic, Pune.
Activist from the India also point out how unhygienic conditions in the public hospitals lead to spread of infectious diseases.