February 19, 2015. The Licensing and Accreditation Unit, Ministry of Health is conducting a consultation and review workshop with Infection Control Nurses and related health practitioners to update and produce the third edition of the National Guidelines on Infection Prevention and Control for Health Facilities. The workshop is taken place at the Central Information and Technology Office in Belmopan.
Primary objectives of the two day workshop includes the standardizing of Infection Control monitoring and procedures in Public hospitals and also the development of a comprehensive Infection Control Plan for Regions including a Monitoring and Evaluation component.
Director, Licensing and Accreditation Unit and facilitator of the workshop, Mr. Englebert Emmanuel mentioned in his opening address that infection control starts with each and every hospital employee. “They must learn how to protect him or herself from possible infections thus preventing passing the infection to other patients or other healthcare providers.” Training areas include Principles of Biosafety, Infection Control Plan requirements and policies, laboratory practices, Personal Protective Equipment, How to disinfect and sterilize and also Proper waste handling, packaging and disposal among others.
The primary purpose of an Infection Control Plan is to prevent nosocomial or hospital acquired infection in patients, personnel, volunteers and visitors. In order to achieve this goal, every personnel in every department of the health facility has a responsibility to become familiar and comply with the information of the plan developed by the Ministry of Health. According to Mr. Emmanuel, this third edition will be developed with a workplan to help carry out activities with proper monitoring for use not only in the Regional Hospital, but also for use at the community and rural health settings.
The first edition of the National guidelines was produced in 2006, a second edition produced in 2011 and this third edition is expected to be completed by mid-year 2015.
For More Information Contact:
Licensing and Accreditation Unit
Ministry of Health