BY TAVAKE SIMON HANA’AROA
AN Emergency Response Team from the National Referral Hospital and the Technical Working Group from the Ministry of Health and Medical Services is in preparedness to address measles in the country if an outbreak is detected.
The team is on preparedness and in an alert mode to attend to suspected or reported (if any) cases of measles in the country.
Director of Children’s Ward/ Paediatric Dr. Titus Nasi told the media in a public health briefing this morning that the team is organizing plans on how to curb suspected individuals whether it be at ports, airports and how they would be treated at general clinics and hospital.
“The team is in preparedness and we have organized plans on how to treat patients that have arrived in our entry points, ports or airports.
“We also organized the flow of patients and how they would enter the hospital.
“With that, we have an isolation ward that is being ready for any outbreaks,” Dr. Titus said.
He said provincial response teams are on standby as well especially those at the western province.
“The provincial teams are on preparedness as well especially those at the western province like Helena Hospital, Gizo Hospital as they are close to our transit border with Bougainville and also Munda International airport as one of our main entry points.
“Training will start by next week to get staff to recall what happened during the 2014 outbreak and how things were done so that they have the same standard of approach in case of an outbreak,” the Director for Children Ward/ Paediatric said.