A BRIEF OF THE ROLE OF DISEASE EPIDEMICS DEPARTMENT
The Disease Epidemics Department is responsible for the multi-sector coordination of the preparedness planning and emergency response activities in public health.This it does in close collaboration with Ghana Health Service, key national stakeholders, UN System and other Development Partners.
The department is responsible for the planning, design and implementation as well as monitoring of programs to develop and build national capacity on preventive and non-health interventions; to improve employee well-being and ensure business continuity.
The department plays the focal unit for international partnership on Pandemic Preparedness and Response planning between NADMO, USAFRICOM and other international bodies
It is also responsible for the development and design of training packages for capacity building in institutional pandemic preparedness and response as well other preventive health and non-health interventions strategies
It provides secretarial support to the National Technical Coordinating Committee on Disease Epidemics with the following responsibilities;
- Development / review of plans, guidelines and action plans for preparedness and response to disease outbreaks
- Constitute and develop terms of reference (TORs) for rapid assessment before an during outbreak situations
- Development / review intervention programs to mitigate impact of outbreak incidents
- It is also responsible for the development of IEC materials for public education and sensitization on endemic diseases with epidemic potential; (ie: Cholera, Influenza, CSM, etc) for public education