Monrovia,tenth September 2021: To higher detect acute public well being occasions with pandemic potential and to monitor illness management measures on an actual time foundation, the National Institute of Public Health in Liberia (NPHIL) and the Ministry of Health (MOH) with assist from World Health Organization (WHO) performed a three-day workshop on Epidemic Intelligence from Open Sources (EIOS).
The three-day workshop held from September 8-10, 2021, introduced collectively 40 contributors from MOH, NPHIL, Ministry of Defense, AFENET, WHO and was facilitated by EIOS consultants from WHO AFRO. The digital and in-person assembly was held underneath strict observance of COVID-19 protocols.
The EIOS initiative is a novel collaboration between varied public well being stakeholders that brings collectively new and current initiatives, networks and techniques to create a unified all-hazards, One Health method to early detection, verification, evaluation and communication of public well being threats utilizing publicly out there data. EIOS is a crucial side of Event Based Surveillance as emphasised within the Integrated Disease Surveillance and Response (IDSR) technique. The system builds on a long-standing collaboration between WHO and the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission (EC) to develop a system for public well being intelligence with an final purpose of saving lives through early detection of threats and subsequent interventions.
In his opening remarks, Dr. Zabulon Yoti, performing WHO Country Representative in Liberia stated early detection is vital for well timed response, contributes to the general international well being safety, and ensures that populations are higher protected from the consequences of well being emergencies.
“I wish we had better tools before the 2014 Ebola outbreak to have picked up the outbreak and responded early; we could have avoided the catastrophic effects Ebola had on Liberia some of which the country is still trying to recover from today.” Dr. Yoti added.
Speaking in the course of the official closing ceremony, Hon. Jane MaCaulay, the Director General of NPHIL thanked the WHO staff from each the nation workplace and AFRO for making this coaching out there to Liberia. “When we heard of COVID-19 in Wuhan, we started our preparedness for an effective response to the outbreak, which has contributed to the low numbers we are seeing as a country.” She stated.
The EIOS system is geared toward consolidating a big selection of endeavors and platforms to construct robust Public Health intelligence (PHI) communities supported by strong, harmonized, and standardized PHI techniques and frameworks throughout organizations and jurisdictions.