The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) in collaboration with the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) is carrying out an intensive infection prevention and control (IPC) programme in Chittagong Hill Tracts (CHT).
The programme, which began in September, is being implemented across 31 health facilities, including three District Sadar Hospitals and 22 Upazilla Health Complexes in Khagrachari, Bandarban and Rangamati, said a press release.The increased IPC support in view of Covid-19 has come as a boon for people living in these districts who visit the facilities for their health-care needs.
The multilayered programme includes imparting remote training to BDRCS volunteers. In turn, they train the sanitation staff at all government-run health structures while ensuring availability of PPE and cleaning or disinfection materials and tools. Around 130 staffers have been trained so far.
Massimo Russo, Water and Habitat Coordinator with the ICRC in Bangladesh, said the objective of the IPC programme is to strengthen the existing health set-up.
“Besides donating disinfection materials to key health facilities throughout Chittagong Hill Tracts, we have been providing training support for Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) and on-site technical assistance,” Russo said.
Razwan Nabin, the Programme Analyst and IPC Focal of the BDRCS, said, “The IPC programme is not only providing relevant knowledge to the staff members but also giving them the confidence to deal with infection in this new normal.”