Coronavirus (1226) BOOM time for Evidence based and informed care - Post COVID19

12 April, 2021

BOOM time for Evidence based and informed care - Post COVID19:

The nightmare that started in Wuhan China in late December 2019, that gave birth to the global health and lifestyle tragedy titled COVID19 pandemic, shows signs of waning (we might be tempting fate here) but even where the variants are still surging it is not at the peaks of one year ago ( we pray it never does again).

It is time to reflect on the tragedy and its impact on all human beings.

For us, Nigerian Medical Association's Standing Committee on Clinical Governance (NMA-SCCG), health workers have been changed extensively, since COVID19 pandemic, to learn differently, plan differently, access information differently, practice differently, monitor and audit our practice (clinical and non clinical) differently, and so on.

For sure, we have realized more, the important role that the correct evidence / information plays in our ability to deliver quality and efficient population care as we ‘protect patients’. How important it is for employers of healthcare workers to ‘support the practitioners’ - provide PPE, insurance cover and hazard allowance, protected rest time off-duty, motivate and incentivize and so on.

Both of the segments ‘protecting patients and supporting practitioners in tandem’ equal to the '12-Pillar Clinical Governance’.

In our center, Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety (ACCGR&PS)- , we have never seen so much more interest in how to differentiate fact from fiction (fact from fake news) and appetite for current evidence. It really gladdens the heart to see and watch the growing change for good.

Long may this interest in evidence based, evidence informed and evidence driven health care practice continue and last, worldwide but especially in LMICs.

joseph Ana


@Health Resources International (HRI) WA.

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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group and the HIFA working group on Community Health Workers.

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