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Use of medicine safety surveillance tools in a primary healthcare setting
  • Ayodeji Oluwafemi Adebayo,
  • Babafunso Aderemi ADENUGA
Ayodeji Oluwafemi Adebayo
Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services
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Babafunso Aderemi ADENUGA
Namibia Ministry of Health and Social Services

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Abstract

Despite the implementation of pharmacovigilance centres in developing countries and institution of Therapeutic Committees at different healthcare delivery levels, use of official medicine safety surveillance tools among healthcare workers is not widespread. This study seeks to provide evidence on the knowledge and practice of healthcare professionals in the public sector on the use of medicine safety reporting tools. A cross‐sectional survey using a self‐administered questionnaire to assess the use of medicine safety surveillance tools amongst healthcare workers in Eenhana State Hospital was carried out. Data from the questionnaires were entered into the statistical package Epi Info® version 7 for analysis. About fifty percent of the healthcare workers in this study have identified at least one adverse drug reaction (ADR) in their professional practice while only 29% have reported ADR using at least one of the officially prescribed medicine safety reporting tools. Nursing cadre seems to be the cadre with least knowledge of both medicine safety surveillance tools and practice of pharmacovigilance. Pre-registration healthcare workers training and continuing professional trainings for registered healthcare workers has to be strengthened so as to encourage the use of medicines safety surveillance tools, in particular and pharmacovigilance, in general.