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Government to rope in technical experts on disaster preparednes

Government has revealed its plans to rope in a team of experts from several countries in a bid to combat outbreaks such as cholera and other natural disasters.


Disaster preparedness is an important aspect of preventing major outbreaks of disaster and major diseases.

The pilot team which recently visited the country on a reconnaissance mission for one week, toured establishments such as Robert Mugabe International Airport, Human Laboratory as well as Nyamapanda port of entry.

This was revealed by the Deputy Director of Communications diseases in the Ministry of Health and Child Care Dr Phiri while addressing delegates during a workshop on Joint External Evaluation (JEE) of the International Health Regulations (IHR) 2005 held in Harare recently.

“When you are prepared and have put in place necessary measures of response in place you avert unnecessary deaths and suffering, you will know for example the roles and responsibilities of each one of the team members and what they will be doing and where to find resources needed for the outbreaks,” said Dr Phiri.

He said efforts to combat outbreaks such as the cholera menace In Chegutu called for a swift response and corrective measures put in place to avert the spread of the outbreak to other areas.

“However, we know that within a significant proportion of our population, their first pot of call when they get ill is the traditional healer or church and sometimes they spend too long a time before a diagnosis is made,” he said.

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