More than 40 members of staff from the South East Regional Health Authority received training in Disaster Risk Management and Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) training in order to strengthen the capacity of the country’s health sector to respond to natural disasters and emergencies.
The Ministry of Health partnered with the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) to host the training under the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Programme (Health Sector), which is being facilitated by the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and funded by the Canadian Government.
The three-day training which started on February 21, 2017 is the second in a series of four training sessions at the ODPEM in Kingston and was attended by staff from parish health departments, hospitals and health centres as well as the Regional Office. The first training was held in December 2016 and involved staff from the Ministry of Health’s head office.
A total of 150 healthcare workers across the four Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) will be equipped in EOC management, and another 150 in Mass Casualty Management and Incident Command Systems, Logistics Supply Systems and Post Disaster Assessment.
A minimum of 1,000 healthcare workers across the Caribbean region will be trained in Disaster Risk Reduction and Management under the programme.