Patient safety in Uganda is still a grey area. The health care system is characterized by low patient involvement and low awareness on patient safety. Patients are not empowered to engage health care providers regarding their conditions.
Imagine what would happen if a fully laden 747 airliner crashed in Australia every week for a whole year. There would be a public outcry, an outrage, swift political action and an enquiry at the highest level, known as a Royal Commission.
Current patient safety efforts largely focus on hospital settings. As we launch the inaugural World Patient Safety Day on September 17th, we must speak up to intensify efforts to keep patients safe in outpatient settings.