Namibian health practitioners being trained on Ebola preparednes

27 Sep 2014 15:21pm
OPUWO, 27 SEP (NAMPA) – More than 200 health practitioners have been trained on Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) preparedness, and more are being trained.
The training is aimed at capacitating and empowering health practitioners on how to protect themselves from the virus in general and how to appropriately and safely wear and take off protective equipment amongst others.
The ones trained are from the from Otjozondjupa, Kunene, Omusati Ohangwena, Oshana Otjikoto and Omaheke regions.
Training is currently being given in the Zambezi Region, and will continue to the two Kavango regions thereafter.
Health practitioners in Erongo will be trained from the 29 September, followed by health practitioners in the //Karas and Hardap regions from 06 to 10 October this year.
The National Health Emergency Management Committee said in a media statement issued on Thursday that the medical practitioners include nurses, health workers as well as ambulance drivers from both public and private health institutions.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Ministers of Health and other senior health officials met at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe early September this year to discuss the Ebola outbreak in the African region.
They emphasized, among other things, the efforts and modalities member countries must follow in order to curb the spread of the disease in the SADC region.
The main purpose of the meeting was to bring together Ministers of Health to adopt a common SADC position on travel restrictions and to get an update on member states preparedness and response status.
A separate Ebola outbreak in the Democratic Republic of Congo in the SADC region was reported in August 2014.
The first case of the current Ebola was reported in Guinea in March 2014. Since then the outbreak has spread to Sierra Leone, Liberia, Nigeria and Senegal.