Antibiotic use in Pakistan has increased by 65% over the last 16 years. The misuse and overuse of antimicrobials by health practitioners has increased resistance in humans, which has resulted in severe illness and even death. To address this problem in Islamabad, DAI – Fleming Fund Country Grant Pakistan and the Islamabad Healthcare Regulatory Authority (IHRA) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to combat Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) together. With this MOU, IHRA will also be able to regulate and enforce the minimum standards of safety for patients, healthcare professionals and other staff in healthcare establishments, in relevance to AMR, in the Islamabad Capital Territory. This MOU will allow interventions in 5 public and private hospitals in Islamabad. The healthcare professionals and administrators of the selected hospitals will be trained in AMR concepts and the importance of AMR stewardship.
CEO IHRA, Dr Quaid Saeed participated in a Seminar organised by College of Family Medicine Pakistan Federal Chapter to celebrate ‘World Family Doctors Day 2022’. Dr Quaid while speaking to participants said that IHRA will engage this important health system as Authority is committed to raising standards of healthcare services in Islamabad Capital Territory.
A Consultative meeting with United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) representatives was organised at IHRA Secretariat to discuss standards for Rehabilitation Centres. CEO IHRA appreciated the input of UNODC team Dr Manzoor ul Haq and Ms Rashda Said Niazi in development of MSDS for Rehabilitation services. The implementation of these MSDS will bring improvements in quality of healthcare services provided to the citizens of ICT.
CEO IHRA, Dr Quaid Saeed attended ICQ (International Consortium of Quality Assurance) Advisory board meeting at Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC). The three day conference activities were within the framework of ISSUP’s 7th Annual Event ‘Uniting the Global Community to face the Challenge of Addiction’. It was organised in collaboration with National Rehabilitation Centre (NRC) of Abu Dhabi and the International Society of Substance Use Professionals (ISSUP).
A Consultative meeting with area experts & stakeholders was held at IHRA to finalize the standards for Human Cells & Tissues Transplantation. IHRA officials along with experts Dr Murat Erturk, Dr Salman and Col (R) Rauf Ahmed Khan participated in the meeting under the chairmanship of CEO,Participants of the meeting emphasised on the need for regulations of Human Cells & Tissues Transplantations.