|Zim in bid to tame infectious diseases|
|Wednesday, 27 June 2012 10:44|
The Zimbabwe Infection and Prevention Control (ZIPCO) department says the health sector should embrace modern techniques in infection prevention.
Speaking on the sidelines of a five day ZIPCO training of trainers workshop in Harare, the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention Country Director, Mr. Peter Kilmarx, said a World Health Organisation survey has shown that most people contract infectious diseases such as tuberculosis, hepatitis A/B among others whilst in hospital or clinics.
He said there is need to adopt heath care systems with infectious control policies where universal precautions are taken.
“We need to put in place measures that make sure that infectious diseases are not transferred from staff to patient or from patient to patient whilst receiving treatment,” said Mr Kilmarx.
ZIPCO training co-coordinator, Mrs. Anna Maruta said Zimbabwe is putting in place measures to combat the spread of infectious diseases.
“The purpose of the workshop is to educate the healthcare about the mobility of infections and how to combat them through proper disposal of contaminated needles,” said Mrs Maruta.
Infectious diseases remain a challenge in the health systems especially developing nations such as Zimbabwe and these may result in additional costs due to prolonged stay in hospitals.