|PAHO/ WHO and Mexican Border Authorities are inviting to an analysis workshop to implement the Hospital Plan Model for Disaster Response|
Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, August 30, 2010 (PAHO/WHO) - 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.
Friday 8 and Saturday October 9, 2010
CIUDAD JUAREZ GENERAL HOSPITAL AUDITORIUM
8:00 am to 5:00 pm
2401 Av. Paseo Triunfo de la República
Col. Margaritas, Ciudad Juárez, México CP 32200
"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 Dr. Maria 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 is precisely concerning safety.
This effort will not only benefit the inpatient or potential product of the disaster, if not more especially ensuring the safety of health professionals working at the hospital providing the tools and techniques needed to respond appropriately during and after the adverse event.About Hospital Planning Course for Disaster Response
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 plan develop a model a model of hospital plan for disaster response, by applying the methodology, working contents and equipment supplied.
− OPS Safe Hospitals