Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah
IMS To Employ Ebola Strategies To Build Health System - Nyenswah
By Wilfred Gortor, LINA
MONROVIA, April 27 (LINA) - The Government of Liberia will replicate strategies and measures used in containing the Ebola virus to strengthen the health system in the post-Ebola era, Deputy Health Minister Tolbert Nyenswah has assured.
Nyenswah, who heads the Ebola Incident Management System (IMS), gave the assurance in a statement he delivered at the launch of the Trace and Go (TAG) Health Strategy at the IMS headquarters in Monrovia Monday.
He asserted that all strategies employed in containing the Ebola virus are key to strengthening Liberia’s post-Ebola healthcare system.
He indicated that for Liberia to have a more responsive healthcare system, measures that were designed and instituted by the Ministry of Health and its partners should not only be used for Ebola response, but also as part of efforts to combat future disease outbreaks.
TAG is a health strategy designed through the partnership of the Health Ministry, UNICEF and eHealth, a partner.
It is intended to provide information through the psychosocial unit at ETUs or other health facilities on the status and wellbeing of patients by providing first-hand information through direct contact and updates via mobile devices to a family members and/or next of kin.
Nyenswah noted that innovative strategies such as TAG, Rapid Isolation and Treating Ebola (RITE), among others, will facilitate clinicians’ future opportunities to effectively perform their duties as well as give the public access to timely information from health centers.
He then reaffirmed the IMS’ commitment to providing technical support to government as well as developing innovative strategies aimed at strengthening the country’s health system to meet future challenges.