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SPDC Hospitals Get International Accreditation
The SPDC hospitals in Port Harcourt and Warri have been accredited by the Council for Hospital Services Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohsasa). The accreditation, the first for any hospital in West Africa, certifies the hospitals to international best-practice standards, and is renewable every two years.
Regional Health Manager, Dudely Wang said: “This is a great achievement – congratulations to the doctors, nurses and other staff and contractors who have worked very hard to get here. Our hospitals have been offering top-quality services, but the certification confirms that they operate to a standard that is globally accepted and recognised.”
Cohsasa is among several organisations accredited by the International Society for Quality in Healthcare (ISQua) to audit healthcare institutions against an approved standard, and to certify them when they meet the requirements. ISQua has a presence in over 70 countries and aims to drive continuous improvement in the quality and safety of healthcare worldwide.
SPDC hopes to deepen the benefits of ISQua certification in Nigeria by encouraging third party hospitals it works with to also undergo the accreditation exercise. In Africa, ISQua has accredited hospitals in Egypt (three), Botswana (one) and South Africa (50).