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ODPEM trains health workers in disaster risk management

Published:Monday | February 27, 2017 | 12:00 AM

Three hundred health workers are to receive disaster risk management and emergency operations Centre training in order to strengthen the capacity of the country's health sector to respond to natural disasters and emergencies.

The Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM) is undertaking the training under the Caribbean Disaster Risk Management Programme (Health Sector), which is being facilitated by the Pan American Health Organization. It is being conducted through funding from the Canadian government.

A total of 150 health-care workers across the four regional health authorities will be equipped in EOC management, and another 150 in mass casualty management and incident command systems, logistics supply systems and post-disaster assessment.

The second in the series of four training sessions got under way last week at ODPEM in Kingston and was attended by 42 health officials from parish health departments, hospitals and health centres across the South East Regional Health Authority.