A one day training to improve health care capacity in conducting contact tracing during possible outbreak and alerts was conducted on Tuesday 18th October 2017.
The training was organised by the Disease Surveillance Response Unit with the support of the World Health Organisation (WHO) who sent two experts in this area, Dr Daniel Langat and Dr Emmanuel Musa.
Participating in this exercises were various health care workers, members of the police force and volunteers from Red Cross. The activity was initiated to rectify certain deficiencies in documentation and communication which came up during the plague alert of last week.
It was the Minister for Health, Mr Jean Paul Adam who opened the training with a thank you for the diligent work done by everyone during the peak of the alert, to put the plague threat under control.
“I am very proud of the response that we’ve had in such a short amount of time,” Minister Adam said. “The work that we have done has had immediate impact and the plague threat is very much under control in Seychelles.”
Minister Adam stressed on the need to not resign the efforts despite the success in management but rather to identify areas of weakness and strengthen preparedness to better deal with any possible future situations.
“The training today is to say that we want to increase all our efforts, because we recognise that the problem is still on the rise in Madagascar and we have to be ready and prepared,” he added.
Those who attended the training were given adequate knowledge of the practise of contact tracing and the importance of gathering factual information.
Contact tracing is an important exercise to identify and follow-up of persons who may have come into contact with a person infected during an outbreak. All close contacts should be monitored for a set period following their last known exposure to the case or suspected case, and be isolated if they become ill. More than 1000 persons were identified during the contact tracing exercises of last week.
The Ministry of Health will be conducting further training to full equipped staff as well as volunteers with knowledge and practices for various crisis situations.