International Hospital Kampala (IHK) has been recognized by the Council for Health Services Accreditation of Southern Africa (Cohsasa) for its high quality medicare services and practices.
South-Africa based Cohsasa monitors the quality of general healthcare services and grades healthcare facilities against internationally-accepted standards. IHK is the first and only Ugandan health facility so far accredited by Cohsasa and joins a list of more than 600 others across the African continent.
While announcing IHK’s accreditation on Thursday, Cohsasa chief executive officer Jacqui Stewart said the facility impressed them for its proper documentation systems, tracking hospital-acquired infections and timely mitigations, among others.
In a bid to ensure quality services, Cohsasa officials conduct evaluations after every eight weeks in the enlisted facilities. According to their website, Cohsasa assists a range of healthcare facilities on the continent to meet and maintain quality standards.
The facilities include hospitals, clinics, general and family practitioners, rehabilitation centres, hospices and laundries. Standards are also being developed for individual services such as sedation units and home-based care.
There is a strong focus on building capacity to help healthcare professionals measure themselves against the standards. The Cohsasa approach teaches healthcare workers how to monitor improvements using quality improvement methods, internationally accredited standards and a web-based information system.
Nancy Akullo, the communications and marketing officer of the International Medical Group, which includes IHK, says the latest development should build public confidence in the facility.
“Such periodical assessments keep us on toes to ensure standards are maintained for our patients to get quality services,” Akullo said.
Founded by Dr Ian Clark in 2000, IHK has 100 beds and is one of the biggest private hospitals in the country.