SADC re­sponds to Lis­te­rio­sis

Vuk'uzenzele - - Grenlaetriaonls -

South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity (SADC) min­is­ters of health have agreed on a course of ac­tion to mit­i­gate the out­break of Lis­te­rio­sis in the re­gion.

This ac­tion in­cludes the har­mon­i­sa­tion, pro­ce­dures of pre­ven­tion, de­tec­tion and re­sponse across the re­gion.

This will see SADC mem­ber states work­ing to­gether to strengthen in­ter-min­is­te­rial ac­tions at bor­der posts, in­ter-sec­toral and multi-sec­toral co-or­di­na­tion, ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion in pub­lic health as well as hazard risk as­sess­ments for the out­break.

“We have called on the [SADC] Sec­re­tar­iat to fa­cil­i­tate ex­pe­ri­ence shar­ing and in­for­ma­tion ex­change be­tween mem­ber states. We have also re­quested the sup­port of in­ter­na­tional and re­gional part­ners like the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion to sup­port ca­pac­ity build­ing for mem­ber states,” said Health Min­is­ter Dr Aaron Mot­soaledi.

The Min­is­ter was speak­ing in his ca­pac­ity as the chair of SADC Health Min­is­ters at a meet­ing in Gaut­eng. The meet­ing also looked at pre­vent­ing a trans-bor­der out­break of lis­te­rio­sis.

An out­break of the food­borne dis­ease was iden­ti­fied in June 2017 in South Africa and has claimed 180 lives while 940 lis­te­rio­sis cases have been re­ported in the coun­try.

The re­gional min­is­ters also agreed to strengthen the con­trol of food in­dus­tries in terms of com­pli­ance to food safety stan­dards, as well as the en­force­ment of poli­cies that are aligned to in­ter­na­tional codes as well as pub­lic ed­u­ca­tion of the dis­ease. SADC mem­ber coun­tries com­prise An­gola, Botswana, Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo, Le­sotho, Mada­gas­car, Malawi, Mau­ri­tius, Mozam­bique, Namibia, Sey­chelles, Swazi­land, Tan­za­nia, Zam­bia and Zim­babwe.

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