Minister of Health, Abderrahmane Benbouzid, stressed, Monday in Algiers, that fighting the COVID-19 pandemic requires the support and coordinated responses from the entire government.
During a training day devoted to the executives of several sectors as part of the European Solidarity Response to Covid-19 pandemic for Algeria, Mr. Benbouzid stressed that the Ministry of Health’s program for cooperation with the European Union Mission, under the supervision of the United Nations Development Program “aims to enhance the skills of the executives of the various ministerial departments to enable them to identify the important roles that all these actors play in the response to COVID-19 and which fall under the responsibility of sectors other than the health sector.
This training also aims, in addition to improving the skills of these executives – according to the minister – to contribute to “the preparation and implementation of the health protocol within their sectors, thus helping to run and manage a national crisis similar to Covid-19 and a coordinated response from an entire government,” noting that a defined approach has been developed by the ministry in order to “enhance the response, which is the main goal that the state seeks to achieve.”
On the occasion, the Minister of Health revealed the organization of other training courses for central administrative executives of the Ministry of Health and other sectors in the future, with the aim of strengthening the management capabilities of various officials in order to “support their contribution to facing the challenges posed by health crisis.”
For her part, the project manager, Mrs. El Hadia Mansouri, pointed out to the main axes of this training program, including training health staff on crisis follow-up and how to take care of citizens, particularly resuscitation specialists, medical assistants, general practitioners and biologists, and in the second stage, administrators in charge of supplies, and in the third, the sectoral executives outside the Ministry of Health Which “play – as she added – an important role in facing the crisis in an organized and coordinated framework.”
As part of the communication program for this project, Ms. Mansouri stressed that it was particularly based on the commitment and respect for social distancing while strengthening the vaccination campaign, as all those responsible for the media in several sectors benefited from this training, in addition to other professionals of the communication sector in the future, including journalists.
It’s worth recalling that the European project to help Algeria combat COVID-19 (2020-2022) incorporates several axes, including training and prevention, as well as providing some institutions with equipment that is part of the pandemic fight.