Wednesday, 18 February 2009 4:40 PM

Health Workshop for Provincial Participants

A workshop is in place for participants from Malaita, Central Islands, Guadalcanal, Makira-Ulawa provinces.

The two weeks workshop is organized by the Ministry of Health's Infection Control Unit and with funds of $115000 by World Health Organization through their liaison officers Dr. William Adu Krow and Dr. Jeffery Hii.

Chief Environmental Health Management officer, Bobby Patteson, said that the workshop has over the past week covered topics on Occupational Health and Safety and Health Impact Assessment.

The workshop is being conducted by two professionals from Curtain University in Perth, Western Australia, who covered the Occupational Health and Safety, and two from the National University Singapore who covered the Health and Impact Assessment.

"The topic this week is Health Care Waste which discusses health care management in all health centres through out the country," Mr. Patteson explained.

He said that participants attending the workshop include provincial health inspectors and health inspectors from Honiara City Council and the Infection Control Unit.

"We are trying to implement cleanliness in all health care centres in the country so that cleanliness is evident in the health care centres."

With the launch of the Health Care Management Policy by the Minister of Environment and Conservation, Gordon Darcy Lilo, "we are trying to work in collaboration with the provinces to implement the policy."

"The Occupational Health and Safety, and Health Impact Assessment discussed last week is still in its draft process," Mr. Patteson adds.

The workshop which ends tomorrow has attracted 15 participants from the five provinces.