Title : Mitigating the impacts and impediments in the pursuits of viable quality health care during epidemics
Health is a very important resource and number one Wealth for Individuals and nations thus should be guarded jealously at all times. Healthcare Industry has known challenges in the course of her growth and development. One of such is consumerism, with quality care being recognised as a right rather than a privilege (WHO 2019). Healthcare consumers are not only more knowledgeable in health issues, aware of their right to quality health care but also demand value for the money they pay to health care systems. The right-to healthcare decision has also moved from healthcare providers to patients and families. Current re-emphasis on patient centeredness; a dimension of quality in which care is individualised and customised to patient’s and families’ (Mccormack, Dewing, Tobin & Mc cane 2010). Stresses the need for a quality health service that puts the patient first, who also determines or evaluates the care outcome. ‘‘Quality of care is the degree to which health services for individuals and populations increase the likelihood of desired health outcomes and are consistent with current professional knowledge’’. Providing care that meets quality standards is faced with enormous impediments in epidemics or emerging epidemics. Epidemic is a cross situation. Nurses’ code of practice stated that nurses should practice consistently at a high level; unfortunately the quality of care observed in our system is lamentable. Puts both the clients and health workers to risk of exposure. Paper discusses mitigating the impacts and impediments in the pursuit of viable quality healthcare during epidemics exposing the best practices, mitigating factors and how to mitigate impact.