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20 Cape Mount Public Health Units Get ‘Giant Push’
MONROVIA, June 8 (LINA) -The health sector in Grand Cape Mount County has received a giant push with 20 health units in the county obtaining humanitarian aid.
Grand Cape Mount is among counties that were badly hit by the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) that overwhelmed the local health system, claiming the lives of hundreds of people in the county.
In a bid to address the problem, Action Contre La Faim (ACF) and the local NGO, Ground Water Exploration Incorporated (GWEI), with funding from the European Union Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), are now providing support to 20 selected Public Health Units (PHUs) in the five health districts of the county.
ACF in conjunction with GWEI is providing latrines, water points, incinerators, placenta pits, ash pits, refuse pits and renovation of some damaged structures in various health units.
Also, community networks are being set up to provide “Hospital Health and Hygiene” training to county health staff on various Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) measures and improving routine practices in the 20 targeted PHUs.
Also under the program, ACF will train 200 proactive general Community Health Volunteers (gCHVs) from many catchment communities to support behaviour change and awareness for rebuilding the trust of communities towards the use of Public Health Units in the county.
Public Health Units to benefit are Mbaloma, Lofa Bridge, Varguaye, Dambala, Kongo, Bambala, Gonelor, Fahnjah, Than Mafa, and Mambo Communities Clinics. Others include: Tienii, Bowater side, Diah, Than Gola Konneh, Kulangor, Gondama, Kpeneji, Zaway, Singe Health Center and the St. Timothy Memorial Hospital.
The support follows a technical assessment of the WASH status in PHUs in the county conducted in April this year by ACF and tGWEI.
Findings of the assessment revealed that the county health structures were in deplorable state and that many lacked basic water and sanitation infrastructure such as latrines, water points, incinerators, and others which tend to present serious problems for the smooth operation of hospitals and clinics.