The Public Health Authority today reiterated the measures set up amidst the global outbreak of the novel Coronavirus. This was during an interview with the media to update them on the status of the outbreak globally.
“Yesterday, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern,” said Dr Jude Gedeon, the Public Health Commissioner. “This means that the outbreak is now global. And, all countries must reinforce the measures in place to prevent further spread of the outbreak and to deal with a case should it be necessary”.
Dr Gedeon also explained that this declaration meant that more resources would be provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to countries. Already more than 22 countries have reported confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. In Seychelles there are no cases of the novel corona virus. However, some measures have been put in place since the onset of the outbreak in Wuhan China.
The local outbreak response plan was initiated based on existing guidelines and specialised areas for response during a public health emergency. These are Coordination, Surveillance /Laboratory, Case Management and Infection Prevention and control, Risk Communication and Social Mobilization, Control at Points of Entry (PoE) and Logistics and Supplies. Each of these areas have a leader and dedicated team working extensively to ensure effective coordination as the outbreak progresses internationally.
Some of the overall local measures established since the onset of the outbreak include:
Protect yourself from COVID-19. Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.