L to R: Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer; Dr. Rajeev P. Nagassar, Specialist Medical Officer Microbiology and Head of the Department of Microbiology; and Dr Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Country Representative, discuss the content of the IPC manuals. (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

New manuals on proper management of infections in the health care sector—especially in the area of neonatal care—are being distributed to all five Regional Health Authorities (RHAs), following a donation of the publications from Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

The Ministry of Health (MoH) received 150 printed copies of the Third Edition of the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Policies and Guidelines for Healthcare Services last Friday, February 4th, 2022.

The PAHO donation comprises four types of IPC manuals:

●   Infection, Prevention and Control Policies and Guidelines for Health Care Services;

●   Occupational Health and Dentistry – Guidelines for Infection, Prevention and Control;

●   Guidelines on Cleaning, Disinfection and Sterilization of Medical Devices; and

●   Guide to Best Practices in Environmental Cleaning for Prevention of Infections in all Healthcare Facilities.

“All medical professionals and every level of staff will be able to easily access and benefit from these manuals,” the Ministry said in a release.

Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer, receives the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Policies and Guidelines for Healthcare Services from Dr Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Country Representative, on behalf of the Ministry of Health. (Image courtesy Ministry of Health)

According to the Ministry, the development of the IPC manuals was initiated as part of the thrust to further enhance neonatal care and started in 2019 before the COVID-19 pandemic.  It also forms part of the government’s Vision 2030 Development Strategy for the health sector

“The National Coordinating Committee to Combat Antimicrobial Resistance worked with PAHO/WHO and other local stakeholders to develop the guidelines. The IPC Manuals were developed to fulfil one of the action items of the IPC Objectives in the Draft National Action Plan for Antimicrobial Resistance,” the Ministry explained.

Dr. Roshan Parasram, Chief Medical Officer, and Dr. Rajeev P. Nagassar, Specialist Medical Officer Microbiology and Head of the Department of Microbiology, were on hand to accept the manuals on behalf of the Ministry from Dr. Erica Wheeler, PAHO/WHO Trinidad and Tobago Country Representative.