By Irma A. Guhit
SORSOGON PROVINCE , Jan. 17 (PIA)– The local government of Sorsogon is set to implement a proactive tool to respond to post disaster emergencies by adopting surveillance in post extreme emergencies and disasters or SPEED.
This, after local government executives comprising of mayors in the Bicol Region attended the Surveillance in Post Extreme Emergencies and Disaster (SPEED) Advocacy Forum held last January 13, 2011 at Hotel Ellis, Legazpi City with Dr. Soe Nyunt-u, World Health Organization (WHO) country representative to the Philippines as the keynote speaker.
According to Dr. Nyunt-u , the challenge today is to expose local government executives and local health workers to respond immediately in the immediate, efficient and accurate reporting and the gathering of data from the grass roots level in different barangays affected by calamities so that fast intervention can be provided.
The Department of Health (DOH) with technical assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO) has instituted a high-tech and post-disaster surveillance tool called SPEED.
SPEED aims to provide immediate information and data that will help decision-makers and health workers to correctly and accurately respond to illness and injuries after disasters or emergencies. It is an early warning and response tool making use of technology like mobile phones and the internet for fast and urgent reporting.
On January 26-27 this year, two health workers together with one information technician in every municipality in the province will undergo a two-day training on the SPEED implementation.
Meanwhile, the province of Sorsogon has received a P2 million assistance from the World Health Organization (WHO), according to former Gov. Sally Ante Lee in the establishment of its Health Emergency Management Staff Office (HEMS) to address concerns in terms of disaster.
”Through the establishment of HEMS we can address the early detection of potential disease outbreaks and monitor trends of priority health conditions,” according to Lee.
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