Nouakchott – With COVID-19 cases declining after a 2d wave of the pandemic in Mauritania saw an acute, rapidly upward push, Minister of Successfully being Minister Hon. Dr Mohamed Nedhirou Hamed shares what it took to restrict the unfold of the virus and the teachings learned that can also be utilized to an eventual COVID-19 vaccination.
What strategies bear helped Mauritania elevate down COVID-19 cases?
Mauritania has skilled two waves of the COVID-19 pandemic: between Can also and July and honest now not too long within the past a 2d one which began in mid-November 2020. This 2d wave modified into more acute as cases peaked within a month. Nonetheless, infections bear since dropped seriously owing to the measures taken by all of the govt. thru an inter-ministerial committee. The measures incorporated banning of all public gatherings, a curfew that modified into gradually prolonged, staring at physical distancing and wearing of masks in public areas, particularly in colleges and mosques.
To boot to, bolstered trying out played a important role in reducing and keeping the option of cases low. The trying out fee has topped 5% of the inhabitants since the starting up of the pandemic.
Eventually, one other aim that has helped reduction infections down is the success of consciousness campaigns performed by the govt., civil society and the media. It’s a ways a aggregate of all these measures and actions which bear, thanks be to God, led to the lower in cases in our nation and we hope that this can proceed God willing.
What measures must be bolstered to assist cases low?
For cases dwell low, it’s wanted to proceed working collectively to make high-tail that preventive measures are adhered to in all public locations. The inter-ministerial committee chaired by the Prime Minister has confused out on this at a current meeting and despatched a stable message to electorate that the pandemic remains to be with us as long as cases are detected within the nation.
One in all the predominant choices taken at this meeting modified into to toughen trying out, that would possibly perchance well moreover very effectively be widened. To this point it has centered on suspected cases and travellers. Attempting out will now be expanded and opened to abet us curb the unfold of the pandemic and reduction the option of cases low.
What lessons had been learned in COVID-19 response and the highest method can they be utilized to make high-tail a a success vaccination marketing and marketing campaign?
The biggest lesson is having a stable and resilient effectively being machine which is versatile to address effectively being challenges, particularly emergencies. At some stage within the first wave, we learned plenty about our effectively being machine as we gradually tailored it to the pandemic response. It’s a ways mighty that our effectively being machine modified into now not overwhelmed by unexcited or severe cases.
Successfully being points in basic and emergencies in inform require a multisectoral response, which has been one of our nation’s strengths. In Mauritania, even sooner than any cases were detected, the govt. quandary up an inter-ministerial committee chaired by the Prime Minister the build aside all of the ministries committed to work collectively to battle this pandemic.
This multisectoral nature of the response modified into wanted, particularly within the setting up of epidemiological surveillance after cases were detected in China. It has also been serious to the response, which requires the involvement of all sectors.
The third lesson learned modified into the central role played by resources corresponding to human sources within the response besides to in prevention and care. The government has strengthened the response by recruiting extra effectively being personnel and training at all phases.
Communicators also played a central role within the response whether or now not they were voice or non-voice. Particularly communicators at the neighborhood stage corresponding to elected officials and local authorities. Community leaders are these most listened to by the inhabitants.
Logistics modified into also serious. At some stage in this crisis we now bear learned that if logistics is now not effectively understood it makes the response less effective.
These lessons can certainly abet us in making certain an effective vaccination marketing and marketing campaign, that would possibly perchance well moreover very effectively be led by the identical multisectoral COVID-19 committee at the nationwide stage. The central role of communication will dwell the identical since the selling and marketing campaign will rely on this serious factor to persuade and reassure folks. Human sources are also wanted since effectively being personnel are first and predominant the actors within the vaccination route of, whether or now not civilian, militia or deepest.
Eventually, the vaccination marketing and marketing campaign will hinge on the final public service enhance – civil and navy – at the operational stage. The general public service will be desirous about the group, that would possibly perchance well require big ogistics, which, as mentioned above, will play a central role within the success of this vaccination marketing and marketing campaign.
I would capture to acknowledge the enhance of technical and monetary partners, particularly the United Worldwide locations machine, and in inform WHO’s enhance within the serious areas mentioned above, corresponding to human sources and logistics.