health zimbabwe.jpgThe Ministry of Health and Child Welfare in partnership with other stakeholders has received funding for a five-year project aimed at controlling and preventing the spread of infectious diseases to patients and health-care givers in hospitals.

Research has shown that when patients visit the hospital to receive treatment some end up contracting other communicable diseases which are transmitted via hospital equipment, walls and bedding among other means.

It is against this background that the Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Biomedical Research and Training Institute (BRTI) and the Infection Control Association of Zimbabwe have come together to conduct training to health care workers and patients on how to reduce the spread of diseases.

Project Director, Professor Exnevia Gomo said the Biomedical research and training institute, which has experience in the implementation of training programmes in Zimbabwe, will lead in the training programmes across the country.

“The objectives of the project are: development and dissemination of a national strategic plan and monitoring and evaluation system for infection prevention and control; provision of pre-and in-service training on infection control to health workers including those operating in communities; development of infection control plans for at least 100 facilities and supporting the provision of post exposure prophylaxis to 100% of health care workers exposed to HIV in the 100 facilities that are supported in the development of IC plans,” Professor Gomo said.

The project requires disinfectants, gloves and clinical equipment among others, and has been funded by the Center for Disease Control under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.

If effectively implemented, the project will reduce health-care facility based transmission of infections such as TB among health workers and patients alike.