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The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health train 29 regional first responders in the prevention and management of viral hemorrhagic fevers

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  The World Health Organization WHO in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health has started a five day training for 29 first responders from five African countries The training scheduled for August 15 19 2022 at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel Munyonyo is aimed at building regional capacity to respond to the unpredictable nature of viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in the region Funded by WHO participants are from Uganda Zambia South Sudan Rwanda and Tanzania and will be trained through the recently updated manual on the management of viral haemorrhagic fevers which includes the use of approved medications It is essential that healthcare workers are well informed about the revised management of viral haemorrhagic fevers VHFs for future epidemics to save lives and adequately reduce transmission through adequate and appropriate infection control he said Dr Paska Apiyo consultant doctor of the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital In his opening remarks WHO Uganda Country Office Incident Manager Dr Charles Njuguna said Effective preparation for unpredictable outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic fevers is crucial for a rapid response to these diseases that have caused catastrophic loss of life and other resources in the region One of the recent viral hemorrhagic fevers in the region was the declared Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on April 23 2022 which ended three months later with four confirmed cases and one probable case all deceased Operational preparedness for imminent risk is part of the broader context of emergency preparedness and the need for countries to develop longer term capacity to manage public health events including viral haemorrhagic fevers VHFs Member States with the support of WHO and its partners seek to invest more in long term emergency preparedness capacity to be better prepared to handle future epidemics and other public health emergencies Alongside case management preparedness there is a need to protect frontline health workers in the highest risk districts of the country through vaccination against Ebola virus disease EVD an initiative that the WHO is also carrying out Proactive operational preparedness pays off by reducing the impact of emergencies on public health lowering the cost of response and recovery and serves as a long term investment in the health system s ability to handle emergencies health in accordance with the International Health Regulations of 2005 Dr Charles emphasized In addition the establishment of temporary and or permanent treatment centers is essential to meet the safety criteria highly required by health workers and the community The Republic of Uganda which has long been one of the epicenters of the Ebola epidemic is well positioned given its existing structures for Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers to provide training for health professionals This training is part of existing WHO support to countries to prevent and combat endemic diseases and health emergencies such as yellow fever malaria monkeypox and disasters such as floods famines and droughts
The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Ministry of Health train 29 regional first responders in the prevention and management of viral hemorrhagic fevers

1 The World Health Organization (WHO), in collaboration with the Ugandan Ministry of Health, has started a five-day training for 29 first responders from five African countries.

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2 The training scheduled for August 15-19, 2022 at the Commonwealth Resort Hotel Munyonyo is aimed at building regional capacity to respond to the unpredictable nature of viral hemorrhagic fever outbreaks in the region.

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3 Funded by WHO, participants are from Uganda, Zambia, South Sudan, Rwanda and Tanzania and will be trained through the recently updated manual on the management of viral haemorrhagic fevers, which includes the use of approved medications.

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4 “It is essential that healthcare workers are well informed about the revised management of viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs) for future epidemics, to save lives and adequately reduce transmission through adequate and appropriate infection control,” he said.

5 Dr. Paska Apiyo, consultant doctor of the Gulu. Regional Referral Hospital.

6 In his opening remarks, WHO Uganda Country Office Incident Manager Dr. Charles Njuguna said, “Effective preparation for unpredictable outbreaks of viral haemorrhagic fevers is crucial for a rapid response to these diseases, that have caused catastrophic loss of life and other resources in the region.

7 One of the recent viral hemorrhagic fevers in the region was the declared Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on April 23, 2022, which ended three months later with four confirmed cases and one probable case, all deceased.

8 Operational preparedness for imminent risk is part of the broader context of emergency preparedness and the need for countries to develop longer-term capacity to manage public health events, including viral haemorrhagic fevers (VHFs).

9 Member States, with the support of WHO and its partners, seek to invest more in long-term emergency preparedness capacity to be better prepared to handle future epidemics and other public health emergencies.

10 Alongside case management preparedness, there is a need to protect frontline health workers in the highest-risk districts of the country through vaccination against Ebola virus disease (EVD), an initiative that the WHO is also carrying out.

11 “Proactive operational preparedness pays off by reducing the impact of emergencies on public health, lowering the cost of response and recovery, and serves as a long-term investment in the health system’s ability to handle emergencies.

12 health in accordance with the International Health Regulations of 2005”.

13 Dr. Charles emphasized.

14 In addition, the establishment of temporary and/or permanent treatment centers is essential to meet the safety criteria highly required by health workers and the community.

15 The Republic of Uganda, which has long been one of the epicenters of the Ebola epidemic, is well positioned, given its existing structures for Ebola and other viral haemorrhagic fevers, to provide training for health professionals.

16 This training is part of existing WHO support to countries to prevent and combat endemic diseases and health emergencies such as yellow fever, malaria, monkeypox, and disasters such as floods, famines, and droughts.

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