17 September 2020



World patient safety day was established by the seventy-second World Health Assembly in May 2019, which adopted resolution WHA72.6 «Global patient safety actions» and decreed that this day would be celebrated annually on 17 September. The annual Global ministerial patient safety summits, the first of which took place in London in 2016, play an important role in celebrating World patient safety day.

The overarching goals of World patient safety day are to increase understanding of patient safety problems worldwide, widen public participation in healthcare safety and catalyze action to improve patient safety and reduce harm to patients around the world. World patient safety day is based on the fundamental principle of medicine which is, first of all, do no harm. 

Currently, the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the most serious challenges and threats the world and humankind face, and healthcare faces its biggest patient safety crisis ever!

The pandemic is putting unprecedented pressure on healthcare systems around the world. Healthcare systems can function only via health workers, and it is essential for patients to have competent, qualified and motivated health personnel to provide safe medical care to them.

The goals of World patient safety day 2020 are:

  • Raising the awareness of healthcare workers safety and its relationship to patient safety worldwide
  • Ensure multi-stakeholder participation and comprehensive strategies to improve the safety of healthcare workers and patients
  • All stakeholders who recognize the importance of the safety of healthcare workers as a core patient safety problem and make efforts to solve it should take immediate and long-term measures
  • Providing necessary recognition of the dedicated and hard work of healthcare professionals, especially in light of the current fight against COVID-19.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the formidable problems that healthcare workers currently face in the world. Working under stress increases the risks to the safety of healthcare workers, including infection and spread of disease in healthcare facilities, limited access to personal protective equipment and other infection prevention and control measures and making mistakes that can harm patients and healthcare workers.
  • Comprehensive action plans have been developed in the Republic of Belarus and Minsk to prevent the spread of COVID-19 infection. Taking into account the current situation of the COVID-19 infection incidence, additional measures, including the re-profiling of the hospital bed fund and providing medical supervision of patients in hospitals and at home, were taken.

The citizens of the Republic of Belarus were not indifferent to this problem and offered all possible assistance to medical workers. In this regard, the Health Committee of the Minsk City Executive Committee expresses deep gratitude to all public organizations, institutions, enterprises and citizens who assisted medical workers in providing hot meals, personal protective equipment, free-of-charge taxi services during the coronavirus infection incidence rise in Minsk.