Slovakia commits to increase patient safety

Health-care-associated infections place a serious disease burden and significant economic impact on patients and health systems. Recognizing this, the Minister of Health of Slovakia strongly commits to reduce health-care-associated infections in the country with an official letter to WHO/Europe. 

By recognizing that the majority of these infections are avoidable and treatable, and by appreciating the momentum of the Global Patient Safety Challenge programme of the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety, the Minister specifies several actions to reduce health-care-associated infections in Slovakia: 

  • acknowledging the importance of the issue;
  • introducing or improving hand hygiene among health care providers;
  • making reliable information available on health-care-associated infection to foster appropriate actions; 
  • sharing experiences and available surveillance data with the WHO World Alliance for Patient Safety; and
  • using WHO strategies and guidelines to tackle health-care-associated infection. 

The Minister resolves to work with health professionals and associations in Slovakia to promote the highest standards of practice and behaviour to reduce the risk of these infections. This includes collaboration with research institutions, schools, educational centres, universities and health care settings of other countries to ensure full utilization of knowledge and experience in the field of health-care-associated infection. 

By signing this letter, the Minister of Health of Slovakia highlights the importance of working with WHO and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control on projects aimed at reducing the risk of these infections.