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Mexican border authorities analyze hospital preparedness models and response plan when faced with emergencies and disasters Print E-mail

Tijuana, México, (PAHO/WHO) - To reduce risk and ensure the proper and timely response during disasters, it is essential that health care sector have plans set in place involving the sector institutions to locate the best use of resources and complementarily of services, organization, and coordination processes. That is why the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization U.S.-Mexico Border Office (PAHO/WHO), in collaboration with the General Hospital of Tijuana has organized a two-day meeting to discuss  hospital plan preparedness and response models, by applying the methodology, contents and supplied working equipment.

The event will take place:

Thursday, June 10th and Friday June 11th
General Hospital of Tijuana
Binational Audiovisual Hall
9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Avenida Centenario 10851, Zona Río 22320
Tijuana, Baja California

Due to the recent events which have occurred in the region of the Americas, especially the earthquake in Haiti that caused the collapse of the entire hospital system in Port-au-Prince, as well as a strong earthquake in Mexicali,  Mexico  that caused  its hospitals to have  their patients  receive medical attention outside in  tents set up by State and municipal governments, and lastly the collapse of the hospitals in Concepción after an earthquake in Chile. These are all the latest examples that evoke images of collapsed and evacuated hospitals due to damages to its infrastructure that seriously endanger its functionality, while taking away the attention from their patents and preventing timely medical attention to those being affected. During a disaster situation, hospitals play an important role in responding quickly as well as the places where the public looks for immediate health needs.

"PAHO/WHO  is urging governments, health service providers, civil society, donors and the general public to make it possible to improve the responsiveness of emergency health services", said the Dra. María Teresa Cerqueira, Chief of the PAHO/WHO U.S.-Mexico Border Office. "The objective is to ensure that such services are effective and continue to operate during and after emergencies such as earthquakes, tornadoes and conflicts."

Proper planning will allow the establishment to continue functioning during a disaster situation which is the objective that we hope to find with the idea of a ”secure hospital” that is designed as a health service that remains accessible and running to its maximum capacity after a destructive phenomenon of great intensity of natural or man-made origin.  Of equal importance is the fact that at the current time, Mexico is in the process of certification of all its hospital units, one of which aspect a is precisely concerning safety.
About the course for hospitals for disasters
 PURPOSE: Provide personnel responsible for hospital management, the methodology and content enabling them to develop a plan for hospital preparedness and response to emergencies and disasters.

METHODS AND EXPECTED OUTCOMES: The participants will develop a plan model of preparedness and response to disasters, by applying the methodology, contents and supplied working equipment.

PARTICIPANTS: Responsible staff for hospital management represented by the following institutions:

1.      Hospital General de Tijuana
2.      Hospital General Mexicali
3.      Hospital General Tecate
4.      Hospital General Ensenada
5.      Hospital General Rosarito
6.      Jurisdicción Sanitaria # 2
7.      Jefe Estatal de Enfermería
8.      Protección Civil del Estado
9.      Prote cción Civil Municipal Tijuana
10.     ISSSTE Tijuana
11.     ISSSTE Mexicali
12.     ISSTECALI Tijuana
13.     ISSTECALI Tijuana
14.     IMSS Clínica # 1 Tijuana
15.     IMSS Clínica #20 Tijuana
16.     IMSS Mexicali
17.     IMSS Ensenada
18.     Cruz Roja Estatal BC

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For more information please contact Dr. Gustavo Iturralde or Ms. Lorely Ambriz


Last Updated on Friday, 01 October 2010 19:12

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