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WHO and USAID deliver renovated isolation unit for early detection and prevention of public health outbreaks – United Republic of Tanzania

kagera – The World Health Organization (WHO), with funding from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), has delivered a converted infectious disease isolation unit in Mutukula (a border community between Tanzania and Uganda) to the Ministry of Health of the Kagera region. .

The use of this unit in the border single window aims to facilitate traveler control measures at entry points to prevent cross-border transmission of diseases by detecting and prohibiting travel to exposed or sick travelers from affected areas.

“As a country surrounded by neighbors, as well as being known for its influx of tourists, especially in a busy border area like Mutukula, the isolation center comes at an opportune time to strengthen our resilience against future outbreaks,” said Dr Samwel Laizer. . Kagera Regional Medical Officer. “Thanks to the WHO and USAID. With more collaborations, we can achieve universal health coverage in Tanzania.”

Like many countries, Tanzania has been responding to different emerging and re-emerging diseases. Among them, the most important was the Marburg virus outbreak last year, which recorded six deaths. Thanks to timely interventions by the Government, WHO and partners, the spread of the virus was reduced within 90 days. WHO has also been working with the Ministry to strengthen preparedness and response to health emergencies, with teams of first responders trained in key aspects of outbreak preparedness and response.

The presence of this standardized unit at the point of entry is imperative by the post-Marburg International Health Regulations (IHR) obligations and recommendations aimed at empowering countries to prevent, prepare for and respond to public health risks. at the points of entry (POE).

This Mutukula isolation unit will strengthen Tanzania’s health system to quickly and efficiently detect, prevent and respond to public health emergencies to save lives. I want to express our gratitude to USAID for the timely financial support. Many lives will be transformed and communities will be well prepared for any future emergency or outbreak,” Dr. Charles Sagoe-Moses, WHO Representative in Tanzania.

The Mutukula Isolation Unit replaced an old, dilapidated temporary tent that previously served as an isolation center and was repurposed for the management of suspected cases. The new facility will play a key role in case management and investigation to help control community transmission.

“We are honored to witness the completion of this life-saving isolation unit and congratulate the Government of Tanzania for its continued efforts to prepare the country against future outbreaks,” said Laura Chitterenden, USAID/Tanzania Program Advisor.

This facility is one of the many interventions underway to ensure the strengthening of health systems in Tanzania to accelerate the health for all agenda.

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