Ministry of Health Commended for its COVID-19 Efforts

Wednesday, Nov 01 473

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he Ministry of Health and the Pan-American Health Organisation partnered to conduct an After-Action Review of the response to and impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The objective of the review was to analyse the Ministry’s weak points in emergency response. Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George outlined the positives for the health sector in the wake of the pandemic. Belmar-George says the health sector has strengthened as a result of the measures the pandemic imposed.

In my assessment of what we have gone through with COVID, I have looked at the positives and seen where our health system has grown because of COVID. The sad part was the hospitalizations and the deaths, but it has served to strengthen the health system as a whole and I think it is important that we sustain whatever measures that put in place moving forward,” the CMO explained. Belmar-George also reiterated the need for the ministry to revise its strategies to respond to evolving challenges.

PAHO Representative Dr. Oscar la Pouble has commended Saint Lucia for its commitment to public health improvement. This review, he adds, will inspire other neighbouring countries to conduct similar analyses. “Saint Lucia’s commitment to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of its people has been evident throughout this crisis, from the rapid mobilization of resources to the diligent efforts of health care professionals on the frontline. The nation’s response has been both commendable and inspirational. The learning through this journey has been one of adaptation and resilience. This is exactly the spirit of reflection and growth that has brought us here today,” Dr. la Pouble commended. He says this is an opportunity to consolidate wisdom and identify areas for improvement.

The After-Action Review forms part of the International Health Regulations’ Monitoring and Evaluation Framework to increase accountability and transparency.

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