IPC Tops 3-Day Agenda

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The three worst Ebola affected countries, Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, have ended a three-day inter-country meeting that discussed the current status of the Infection, Prevention and Control (IPC) and the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) in healthcare facilities in each country.
They also brainstormed about solutions to eradicate infections of the Ebola virus from the three countries.
The meeting, held July 20-23, brought together representative from the World Health Organization (WHO) and health practitioners from the three countries.
They also shared strategic plans for the IPC and WASH improvement in the context of health systems recovery, for both the current early phase and the medium term.
It was sponsored by the WHO and the Ministry of Health.
In his welcome remarks, UNICEF and WHO Country’ Manager Alex Gasasira said he was overwhelmed with the delegates’ presence at the consultation, which was the first of its kind since the outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus.
He stated that the consultation would provide a platform for experiences and interactions on the infections in the three countries.
“We are grateful to the team for the preparation of this program and we look forward for the rich, successful deliberation it provides as a platform for sharing of experiences and interactions on infections, prevention and control,” Gasasira said.
He added: “We are all aware that the gaps in infection prevention and control contributed immensely to the devastating outbreak that affected the three countries and we applaud governments in the three countries that have contributed to close the gap in the reduction of transmissions.”
Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn told the participants, “It is commonly said that from every outbreak there is an improvement and now is the prevention, infection control system. She indicated that the Ministry of Health is putting into place measures to improve its IPC.”
“It was during the outbreak that we learned a lot and we have been putting in systems to improve infection, prevention and control for our patients and health care workers. We believe that it will serve as the foundation for quality improvement in our healthcare facilities.”
Participants included Alpha Ahmadou Bah, (Ministry of Health of Guinea), Sierra Leone’s Nanah Sesay Kamara and Catherine Cooper (Liberia), among others.

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