The African Development Bank, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)/USAID, and the World Bank boosted Liberia’s efforts to have a robust disease surveillance system, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in a statement made available to Xinhua in Monrovia, the nation’s capital city on Monday.
The WHO statement said it reached this status through donation of consignment of 17 four-wheel drive vehicles, 190 motorcycles, 100 desktops, 120 laptops, 100 printers, 136 high-frequency radios, 100 desks, 600 chairs and 10 emergency health kits.
This consignment procured through the global health organization was presented to the Minister of Health, Bernice Dahn in Congo Town.
The consignment will be distributed to Surveillance and Rapid Response Teams at national, county and district levels to support intensified surveillance for Ebola, other priority diseases and conditions, including maternal deaths.
“A robust Health Emergency Risk Management System has been developed through building public health capacity for prevention, preparedness, alert and response for disease outbreaks and other threats,” WHO said.
According to the WHO, the Ministry of Health (MoH) has overseen the revision of national guidelines for Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR), elaborated a five-year strategic plan for IDSR and International Health Regulations and designated disease surveillance officers in all 91 health districts in the country.
All 15 political sub-divisions have elaborated county Epidemic Preparedness and Response (EPR) plans and designated Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) to promptly deal with health threats including disease outbreaks, the statement said.
With support of technical partners and donors, over 1,500 front-line health workers were trained in IDSR and several cohorts of County and District Surveillance Officers have been trained in field epidemiology.
The African Development Bank, OFDA and World Bank have provided financial support through WHO for WHO’s response to the 2014/2015 Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak as well as for implementation of Liberia’s Investment Plan for Building a Resilient Health System. Enditem