National meeting of rapid response teams concludes

Kathmandu, December 20

A two-day national conference on rapid response systems to investigate disease outbreaks and quickly implement control measures concluded here today.

Organised by Epidemiology and Disease Control Division, Teku, the conference was attended by rapid response team members from all districts in the country. During the conference, the team members shared their experience and knowledge of different kinds of diseases and measures taken to control their spread.

The conference discussed post-flood outbreak management, seasonal hyper acute pan uveitis, food-borne outbreak, vector-borne outbreak, water-borne outbreak, air-borne outbreak,  avian influenza, public health emergency response and emergency medical services. Team members presentnig papers during the two-day conference shed light on the health hazards of consuming poisoning mushroom, outbreak of dengue and scrub typhus in the country and the role of the rapid response teams in saving lives.

“The conference was organised with the aim of sharing knowledge among rapid response team members. It also discussed ways to maintain effective coordination for effective emergency response in the event of outbreak of diseases,” said Dr Bhim Acharya, director, EDCD.