New coronavirus: Fiocruz, Ministry of Health of Brazil and PAHO provide training in laboratory diagnosis in nine countries
Brasilia, 7 February 2020 (PAHO) - Experts from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), the Ministry of Health of Brazil and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) provided training on laboratory diagnosis of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) on February 6 and 7 for specialists from Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay.
During the activity, the participants carried out a practical exercise of molecular detection of 2019-nCoV and received diagnostic materials (primers and positive controls), in addition to reviewing and discussing the main tests and protocols available. Read more...
Between January 6 and 7, two earthquakes occurred 8.4 miles offshore southwest Puerto Rico with a magnitude of 5.8 and 6.4 respectively; the largest to impact Puerto Rico since 2014. The January 7 earthquake resulted in multiple infrastructure damage to homes and one primary care center, according to the Department of Health. One hospital has been evacuated as a preventative measure and the health sector has activated its contingency plans.
Power outages were reported, with millions across the island without electricity and 300,000 without water services. Seven hospitals are operating with generator. A mobile hospital was installed at the Pavia Hospital in Yauco to support the continuity of medical services. Healthcare facilities suffered minor structural damages; however this has not affected the continuity of services. Puerto Rico Department of health (PRDOH) activated its Operations Center and Puerto Rico Emergency Management Agency (PREMA) Zones, monitoring the status of healthcare facilities, vulnerable populations, and other emerging matters.
The President of the United States declared a state of emergency, and authorities are evaluating the damage. According to CDEMA’s informative note published January 8, there has been elevated seismic activity with aftershocks likely to occur in the next few weeks to months. The potential for a larger magnitude event along the Punta Montalva fault near the southern boundary of Puerto Rico cannot be excluded, and that may have the potential to generate a tsunami.
Tectonics in Puerto Rico are dominated by the convergence between the North America and Caribbean plates, where islands and volcanoes situated between the two, are a result of this activity. Plate’s movements have produced large magnitude earthquakes and tsunamis in the area.
The deadline for this vacancy has been extended until 23 December 2019
PAHO/WHO's Heath Emergencies Department (PHE) is currently looking for candidates for a consultant to design and develop a virtual self-instruction course on the evaluation tool for hospital preparedness in the face of violence (RAP). The consultant will support the work of PHE’s Country Health Emergency Preparedness and IHR (CPI) Unit whose work is to ensure that each Member State builds its own standing capacity to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from humanitarian emergencies and large outbreaks.
Please review the terms of reference (in Spanish only) before submitting an application. The deadline to receive applications is 15 December 2019.