Minister of Health of Niger on keeping COVID-19 situations low

Niamey – Niger has witnessed a decline in COVID-19 situations in recent weeks following a surge. Public Health Minister Hon. Botto Ahmet explains what it took to lower serve infections and the efforts being bolstered to curb the unfold of the virus.

Niger country is experiencing a decrease. What solutions have helped bring this about?

The second wave of infections started in November 2020 in Niger. We recorded 3405 situations between November and 8 February, accounting for 74% of the general different of situations registered to this point. Presently we’re witnessing a decrease in situations, with cumulative weekly situations falling from 1.8 situations per 100 000 of us to 0.43 per 100 000 of us. To curb the unfold of infections, we bolstered tracing of contacts of travellers who examined determined. On the origin within the second wave there turned into as soon as a gargantuan different of travellers who were trying out determined but were asymptomatic.

We additionally supplied a response equipment comprising medication, investigation, contact-tracing, infection prevention and purchase an eye on apart from counselling for sufferers in one location. This helped with acceptance of medication. Furthermore, we launched systematic screening of at-possibility inhabitants groups [migrants or people in displacement sites] and isolation which contributed to reducing neighborhood unfold.

Deploying multidisciplinary knowledgeable teams to affected regions due the influx of of us thru land borders proved principal within the response. We additionally improved obtain entry to to trying out, monitoring of situations apart from developing integrated sanatorium care products and services that capabilities triage, sample collection, trying out and medication. Measures taken by the authorities equivalent to closure of companies additionally helped lower serve infections.

What measures need to restful be bolstered to purchase situations low?

Niger, cherish many countries within the sub-plan, faces the negate of COVID-19 denial. This outcomes in low adherence to preventive measures. Thus, the predominant measure to make certain situations remain low is to elevate awareness of the prevention measures. The measures already in plan must be maintained and even bolstered. These consist of trying out of outbound travellers which helps in detecting asymptomatic situations – who’re supplied with an integrated equipment of medical products and services – ambiance pleasant contact-tracing, isolation of contacts, making improvements to acquire entry to to trying out at some point soon of the country apart from integrating COVID-19 care in all well being facilities. All this must be supported by active surveillance and snappy decision-making, especially reporting alerts, record and educate-up of contacts.

What classes were learnt in COVID-19 response and how can they be utilized to make certain a successful vaccination campaign?

The country conducted an intra-action review of the COVID-19 response in September 2020 to title most productive practices, classes realized, areas for improvement and to additional give a take to the continuing response.  On the terminate of this affirm, every [response area] identified three precedence actions to be taken within the instant term to beef up the response and the response notion.

One of many predominant classes realized from the COVID-19 response is the true dedication of the authorities and technical and monetary companions to beef up the battle in opposition to the pandemic. Also, the involvement of quite loads of sectors, consultants and layers of civil society has helped to beef up decision-making and neighborhood engagement. Increased verbal substitute has made it conceivable to face several challenges related to the management of the pandemic. These classes realized need to restful be capitalized and bolstered to make certain the success of the vaccination campaign.

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