Ministry of Health says monitoring evacuation centres

The Ministry of Health (MoH) says it is closely monitoring the developing situation on Santo, Maewo and Pentecost in regards to displaced population and in particular the health needs of acute care patients and vulnerable populations.

The Minster of Health, Mr Jerome Ludvaune, was expected to present a Ministry of Health Disaster Response Action Plan for Santo, Maewo and Pentecost to the Council of Ministers this week which will identify health services needs and outline the Ministry’s immediate focus for the next four weeks.

The MoH Health Cluster has the national mandate under NDMO and Minister of Health to assist evacuees and provide health services to all of the recognized evacuation centers in Santo, Maewo and Pentecost.

The chair of the National Health Cluster, Mr Viran Tovu has tasked the SANMA Provincial Health Cluster to deploy Emergency Medical Teams around all evacuation centres in Santo, Maewo and Pentecost. Emergency Medical Teams is a recognized disaster response initiative by the World Health Organization to strengthen the national health responses for member countries.

Fixed Emergency Medical Teams based at NPH deliver the following services on a daily basis:

— Outpatient medical services including accident and emergency, specialist outpatients (eye, pediatrics, ENT, NCD, psychological and mental health and psychological support, antenatal, surgical, gynaecology, medical, dental surgery, maternal and child health).

- In-patient medical services including specialist surgical, medical, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology, anesthetic and operating services.

NPH Emergency contact: +678 7742448

Mobile Emergency Medical Teams are tasked and deployed daily and deliver the following services:

— Medical triage, treatment, referral of acute care patients and outpatient services for chronic medical illness

— Rehabilitation and assessment of People With Special Needs

— Immunization

— Dental hygiene and dental surgery including distribution of oral hygiene kits

— Maternal and Child Health including measurement of MUAC

— Surveillance of disease outbreak

— WASH assessment and intervention

— Distribution of hygiene kits

— Distribution of Health Promotion and other IEC materials

— Distribution of Sexual and Reproductive Health material and condoms

— Needs assessment of health services on Maewo and Pentecost

EMT National Coordinator Dr Basil Leodoro: +678 7732177

The Provincial Health Cluster is located at the Northern Provincial Hospital Emergency Operations Centre (NPH EOC). The Provincial Health Cluster has agreed and partnered with the Provincial WASH Cluster, chaired by Mr Paulo Malatu. Both Provincial Health and Provincial WASH clusters are located at NPH EOC. Due to limited resources, the tactical resources and activities for both Provincial Health and WASH Clusters have been tasked through the NPH EOC. It is expected that all government and Health and WASH partners, including NGOs and iNGOs, channel their response efforts through this single EOC.

All Health and WASH Cluster team members meet at 8am daily followed by Team Leaders meeting at 08.30am. NPH EOC will release a Situation Report on behalf of both SANMA Provincial Health and WASH clusters daily.

Dr Andy Ilo (+678 7730804) is the Provincial Health Cluster lead to the SANMA Provincial Disaster Committee. Mr Paulo Malatu (+678 7777900) is the Provincial WASH Cluster lead to the SANMA Provincial Disaster Committee.

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