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Greener Journal of Medical Sciences Vol. 6 (2), pp. 036-041, May 2016.
Manuscript Number: 050516084
Preparedness Level of Health Facilities against the Ebola Virus Disease in Côte d’Ivoire
Kevin Sylvestre Yohou*, Sagou Paul Olivier Yayo, Orsot Tetchi, Ehoulé Kroa, Joseph Aka, Dinard Kouassi
Institute National de Santé Publique.
In response to the threat of the Ebola Virus Disease in West Africa since March 2014, Côte d’Ivoire has developed some strategies to strengthen the capacities of the health system. The National Institute of Public Health conducted a survey of health facilities with the objectives to assess their level of preparedness against the threat of the Ebola virus disease.
A cross-sectional survey descriptive purpose, for a period of two (2) monthsfrom 1st December to 31st January 2015 was carried out among 17 health centers belonging to different levels of the health system in seven health regions of Côte d’Ivoire.
Regarding the organization of the fight against Ebola in the 17 health facilities visited, the study has noted that (i) 8 health facilities had a local committee against Ebola, (ii) 11 had designated a focal point Ebola, (iii) 5 health centers had posted the management procedures and (iv) 9 health centers had the suspected case filings.
Concerning fighting equipment, 6 health facilities had isolation rooms and hand washing devices; 13 structures had a cremation site.
Staffing structures support inputs of suspected cases of Ebola was effective for gloves (16), the flaps (10) and personal protection (11).
Regular monitoring of Ebola’s threat control interventions should maintain an adequate level of vigilance in Côte d’Ivoire.
Keywords: Health System - Ebola virus disease - Health facilities - Côte d’Ivoire
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