Strengthening Infection Prevention And Control Capacity In Health Facilities

Thursday, December 3, 2015
Sandra Tumwesigye

Well Baby Clinic in Grand Bassa County, is one of 29 health facilities that have benefited from water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) infrastructure upgrades including the construction of triage and isolation units. IOM in partnership with the County Health Teams (CHTs) in Grand Bassa, Bomi and Grand Cape Mount, conducted assessments of existing health facilities, selecting those in need of support to meet the essential infection prevention and control (IPC) standards.

At the official handover ceremony of Well Baby Clinic, the need for support of this nature and value to the surrounding community was made clear. Cellian Fahncole, the Officer in Charge (OiC) flagged by the clinic staff, thanked IOM and USAID, adding, ”this is what we have been yearning for. We are glad to now have an incinerator so the environment will no longer be smoky after we burn waste. We all appreciate this effort, we will maintain the facilities and use them for their intended purpose.”

Grand Bassa County Health Officer stressing the responsibility of community members in ensuring the new facilities are well maintained

Speaking at the ceremony, Joseph Sieko, the County Health Officer (CHO) extended his appreciation for the contribution to the observance of IPC practices in the county, adding that monitoring visits will be conducted to ensure the proper usage of the triage and isolation units.

IOM WASH Officer walks the County Health Officer through the renovated premises starting with the triage.

Amid dancing and singing, by a local cultural group, IOM WASH Officer, Mohamed Abdallah provided a tour of the renovated main building, triage, isolation unit, hand pump and incinerator. The handover ceremony closed with remarks from IOM Operation Specialist Trent Jennings who thanked the Grand Bassa CHT for their continued partnership and USAID for the funding to make efforts of this nature possible.

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