Every year, on 8th March, Seychelles and the World commemorate the unwavering strength of women. This year, this occasion comes around at a difficult time but it is an incredibly special day for the nation, as we wholeheartedly celebrate the contribution and achievement of women in the health sector.
Under the theme ‘Women in leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 World’, this year we recognise the long, arduous fight against COVID-19 and the commitment and resilience demonstrated by women in Seychelles, to roll back the pandemic.
The theme also applauds the remarkable everyday efforts of women to build an equal and gender inclusive future where everyone enjoys the same opportunity to succeed and overcome the biggest challenges.
I am proud to see that women make up the majority of health workers, at around 80 % of the total health workforce, and actively contribute to the advancement of the health sector.
We have seen numerous women take on opportunities to play an active role in determining the critical decisions we make to stop the COVID-19 pandemic. They are our frontline workers, our doctors, our nurses, our laboratory technicians, our contact tracers, our accountants, our human resource officers and so many others.
Where women lead, we see success. In our response to COVID-19, women spearhead several pillars to ensure a coordinated response. We also find that women are actively running the COVID-19 vaccination campaign. I thank them for guiding an extremely successful campaign.
We must recognise that it is not easy for women to take on leading roles. The decision to lead must be made with many sacrifices. However, let us reflect on the road ahead. Women in healthcare play and will continue to play a pivotal role in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Let us recognise the impact that women leaders have and let us continue to empower more women to embrace leadership roles. I see the potential for more women leaders in health.
On this International Women’s Day 2021, I send a special message to all the women in the health sector: gather the courage to overcome all the hurdles in front of you, take on new roles to enable you to lead the further development of the health sector.
I wish all the women in the Ministry of Health and across the country a Happy International Women’s Day.
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to COVID-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.