WHO to implement infection prevention,blood safety system in Sindh

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The World Health Organisation (WHO) Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMR) has committed to develop and implement infection prevention, waste management and blood safety system in districts Larkana and Tharparkar of Sindh.

The decision was made in a follow-up meeting of Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah with a WHO delegation led by EMRO Regional Director Dr Ahmed Salim Saif Al-Mandhari. Other members of the delegation included Dr Rana Ahmed Hajjeh El-Kebbi Director Program Management EMRO, Dr. Palitha Mahipala Head of Mission to Pakistan, Dr. Sara Salman, Head of Office, Sindh, Principal Secretary to CM Sajjid Jamal Abro, Hafeez Abbasi Special Secretary Health and others.

Murad Ali said that the provincial government was taking all out efforts to control further spread of HIV/AIDs in Larkana and other districts of the province. “The provincial government needs technical and expert support and advise from WHO so that problem can controlled once for all,” he said and added the rehabilitation of the affected people, particularly the children and women. “I want they must lead a normal and happy life,” he told the delegation.

The WHO delegation head Dr Mandhari assured the chief minister that the WHO would provide technical support to streamline Preventive services and Support in Establishment of critical Prevention services like Infection Prevention, Injections Safety, Waste Management and Blood Safety.

He also committed with the chief minister that the WHO experts would develop Capacity building of Health care providers and Health care workforce in treatment protocols, infection prevention, waste management and blood safety. He added that he would provide technical support to provincial government for developing proposals for resource mobilisation. “WHO is fully committed to mobilise more resource and close working with Health department,” he vowed.

The WHO delegation said that they would provide Technical support in donor conference to be hosted by Sindh government in September 2019. “We will establishment a unit in the health department under Special Secretary Health,” Dr Mandhari said.

Dr Rana said that he would work with health department to establish Infection Prevention and control unit in health department with a regular budget, sustainability of activities.

In response of Dr. Rana, CM Mr. Murad Shah also extended his full commitment from Government of Sindh

Dr Palitha said WHO would support health department told the chief minister that he would be working with health department in waste management and Infection Prevention and would establish five demonstration sites in five hospitals of Larkana district. He said these sites would serve as training units to train health workforce.

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