A number of healthcare facilities in Nigeria, Botswana and South Africa were awarded accreditation by the Council for Health Service Accreditation of Southern Africa (COHSASA).

COHSASA assists healthcare facilities in meeting and maintaining quality standards to ensure they provide safe and quality services. A COHSASA accreditation award means the healthcare organisations were scrutinised while undergoing a rigorous quality improvement programme, which is assessed against and complied with according to the standards of the International Society for Quality in Health Care (ISQua).

Mediclinic’s Morningside hospital in Johannesburg received accreditation for three years while the Western Cape’s Worcester Hospital was accredited for four years.

Other accredited hospitals include Botswana’s Nkoyaphiri Clinic, Nigeria’s Chevron Hospitals in Gbagda and Warri, and the Shell Petroleum Development Company Hospital Port Harcourt, as well as the Cure Day Clinics in Bellville, Cape Town and Somerset West.

COHSASA also awarded the Graded Recognition Awards (Progress, Entry, Intermediate) to Sekgoma Memorial Hospital and Selebi Phikwe Hospital in Botswana. Although they do not yet meet all the standards, COHSASA says facilities that are awarded this level usually go on to achieve full accreditation.

The two facilities in Ghana (C and J Medicare Hospital and Diagnostic Centre) and Botswana (Block 6 Clinic and Botshelo Diabetes Clinic) that have been awarded intermediate level with a focus survey will undergo a further onsite visit to assess their compliance.

The accredited hospitals will have to undergo vigorous testing again when their accreditation ends to ensure quality standards are maintained.

COHSASA itself is accredited by ISQua, the global body overseeing accreditation and quality improvement programmes in healthcare organisations in 70 countries around the world, as are its standards and its surveyor training programme.

In the past 21 years of operation, COHSASA has worked in over 600 facilities in both the public and private sectors in South Africa and several other African countries including Lesotho, Rwanda, Nigeria and Kenya.

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