With the World Health Organisation (WHO) having declared the Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19)a pandemic, Pacific Island Countries & Territories (PICTs) health ministries are on high alert and are instituting precautionary measures to ensure community safety and well-being.
Health professionals and agencies are advising the public to practise protection measures like, regularly and thoroughly washing hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub, staying home when sick, avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth and practicing good respiratory hygiene, including covering mouth and nose with bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze then dispose of the used tissue immediately.
Vila Central Hospital Vanuatu, undertakes training in response to COVID 19
The Pacific Community (SPC), in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) Country Office in Vanuatu, conducted an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) assessment and an IPC training workshop at the Vila Central Hospital (VCH) in Vanuatu on 2-6 March 2020. 41 participants comprising of medical officers, midwives, nurses from VCH and neighbouring health centres attended the workshop. Participants were taught on how to break the chain of infection in a healthcare environment and discussed the COVID 19 consequences of not following infection prevention and control recommendations. Demonstration on and return demonstration of how to properly wear and remove personal protective equipment (PPE) were among the highlights of the workshop.
Post training, participants have gained more confidence, knowledge and reinforcement of the importance of infection prevention and control. Source: SPC