The Department of Health & Wellness is well underway to ensuring preparedness and response to public health hazards as it is currently reviewing its Multi-hazard Disaster Management Plan, it has been reported.
According to a Ministry of Health release, professionals came together recently to play a part in shaping the development of the multi-hazard disaster management plan, aimed at building the health sector resilience to emergencies and disasters.
Health Disaster Coordinator Dr. Glensford Joseph was quoted as saying that it is important that there is effective management of emergencies and disasters in the health sector.
“This plan would allow us to harmonize disaster management across the health sector and provide us the scope to effectively integrate and collaborate with other institutions; to have a meaningful program that allow us to prepare for, mitigate, respond to and recover from events, whether natural or man-made,” Joseph stated.
He also emphasized on the need for emergency preparedness and risk management to be strengthened.
“We did work on a programme that provides guidance with roles and responsibilities for the next three years. With that we know exactly the things we need to do within the Department of Health & Wellness and also it gives us that road map to effectively collaborate with multiple agencies because I must say that the Department of Health and Wellness though it has its mandate, needs the support of multiple agencies, needs the support of the community and needs the support of individuals to make this plan and programme a success.”
The Pan American Health Organisation and the World Health Organisation were instrumental in the providing the technical expertise essential for guiding the development of the plan, it was reported.