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PAHO Verification Teams to be Dispatched to Priority Countries First

by: - March 10, 2020
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The Pan American Health Organisation is this week dispatching teams to review the health systems of the PAHO region – especially those countries whose are considered weaker than others.

Director of PAHO, Dr Carissa Etienne said a PAHO media briefing that those teams will verify the capacity of those nations to contain and manage cases of coronavirus.

She says the teams will eventually assess each country.

“We will have a team go to particularly our key countries…those with weaker health systems- beyond that to all of our countries to…review what they done, their national plans and how they have implemented those, their surveillance systems to ensure that infection, prevention and control and preparedness.”

Dr Etienne added, “To ensure that they have identified where they’re going to isolate cases and quarantine and manage. We will be on the ground to assess and help them address some of the very real issues that will be important if we are to be able to respond positively and adequately to COVID19.”

She is pleased to report strong political will to invest in the response and protect individuals.

Dr. Ciro Ugarte, Director of Health Emergencies at PAHO described the countries as priority or key countries characterised by more challenged health systems.

He listed, “We are starting with Haiti, Venezuela, countries under the Guiana shield, Caribbean island states in particular settings and countries in Central and South America: Nicaragua, Honduras, Guatemala, Bolivia, Paraguay.

He adds that there are regional countries with cases and case clusters so while PAHO lends support to those who are preparing for cases, it is also helping others to respond.