Countries still fall victim from poor quality health care
World Health Organization (WHO), an agency under United Nations, said ineffective health care is still a global phenomenon which increases the burden of illness and wastes scarce resources.
In its recent findings, WHO said that although nations have committed to providing universal health coverage by 2030, the outcome “would still be poor” without the delivery of effective care.
“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,” the agency said in a statement.
The challenge is greatest in low- and middle-income countries, where 10 percent of hospital patients acquire an infection during the course of their stay, compared to 7 percent elsewhere.
In some poorer nations, clinical guidelines are followed in only less than 50 percent of cases, resulting in “low-quality antenatal and childcare”, as well as “deficient” family planning.
Inadequate clinical practice was also “common” in private and public clinics in several low- and middle-income countries, the study found, with some demonstrating diagnostic accuracy as low as 34 percent.
Ensuring quality health care for everyone is essential, it says, primarily because it prevents suffering, but also since it helps to boost economic productivity.
“Furthermore, failing to treat sick people results in increased financial pressure on families and health systems which amounts to trillions of dollars each year,” WHO said.