A team from the Ministry of Health, led by the Minister of State for Public Health, Franco Movinda, participated in a virtual way today, in the regional workshop for the coordination of mechanisms for the management of public health emergencies in the countries of the Economic Community of Central African States.
The meeting aims to share lessons learned from managing COVID-19, to prepare countries for future events and endemic diseases, which are public health emergencies.
Having led a positive response to the emergence of the epidemic, Angola faced the challenge of establishing an interministerial committee for health emergencies, a health emergency operations center, a national health emergency plan, maintenance of rapid response teams, establishment of a health emergency fund, maintenance of regional reference laboratories, and permanent training of professionals and performers Periodic simulation exercises in response to endemic diseases and epidemics.
Focusing the work approach on the basis of “One Health”: human health, animal health and environmental health, the meeting also analyzed the International Health Regulations.
Remember the good lessons of managing COVID-19 in Angola, are presidential leadership, multisectoralism, resource mobilization, anticipation of individual and collective protection measures, community participation, access to a vaccine, information system and the capacity of rapid response teams.
In addition to Angola, Burundi, Cameroon, Congo, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Rwanda, Chad and Sao Tome e Principe, I participated in the workshop.
The Democratic Republic of the Congo is holding an event in parallel in Kinshasa, which is supposed to run until the 14th of this month.
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