WHO: Hospital status unknown

THE assessment conducted by the World Health Organization (WHO) after the bacteria outbreak last year did not ascertain whether the status of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital (CWMH) was in line with WHO standards, says WHO Representative for the South Pacific.

Dr Corinne Capuano made the comment in response to a question sent by this newspaper as to whether the status and safety of CWMH was in line with WHO standards.

Last year the Ministry of Health and Medical Services requested WHO to conduct an investigation to identify the source of an Acinetobacter baumannii outbreak, which occurred within the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at CWMH between December 2016 and March last year.

Dr Capuano said after the investigation, WHO continued to support the infection prevention and control (IPC) committee of CWMH to strengthen IPC practices and activities within the hospital.

“WHO has been engaged in reviewing follow-up actions taken, such as ensuring respiratory equipment for a single use, hand hygiene, standard precaution in all medical practices and improving patient care environment.

“In addition, WHO continues to provide technical assistance, for example, providing expert advice on how to improve infection control and strengthen patient safety based on international standards and latest evidence,” Dr Capuano said.

She also revealed that WHO would be convening a regional workshop with other Pacific countries this year as a means of sharing lessons learnt in improving IPC practices in hospitals in the Pacific.

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