WISH: The healthcare professionals in Saudi Arabia believe that leadership and training are crucial for the future resilience of the health system.

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By Education Today

Posted on September 20, 2022


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According to a global poll, Saudi Arabia’s healthcare professionals know the importance of staff education and strong organizational leadership to develop the health system’s resilience following the COVID-19 epidemic.

According to a study conducted by YouGov on behalf of the World Innovation Summit for Health, over half (52 percent) of Saudi Arabia’s healthcare professionals pointed to the significance of leadership support as a key driver of resilient health systems when asked about factors that help health systems perform better during such crises (WISH). The healthcare personnel in Saudi Arabia (26%) also emphasized the importance of strength training programs for the resilience of the health system. They outperformed their international counterparts in the UK (8%), US (11%), Nigeria (13%) Brazil (16%) and India in this area (18 percent).

The World Health Organization (WHO) defines health system resilience as the capacity to anticipate, cope with, and learn from rapid and significant changes, including pandemics. Concerns about fundamental problems in international health systems that are diminishing this capacity and posing serious dangers to their survival in the case of similar widespread calamities have been raised by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. A lack of training, along with other problems like a paucity of competent staff, was cited as the most significant factor hurting their national health system by nearly a third of employees (28 percent).

Healthcare employees in Saudi Arabia (46%) placed the greatest weight on the notion that education and training of younger staff members will continue to be a trend in their business over the next five years, compared to those in the UK (25%) and the US (30%).