BBC: DR Congo gunmen say health workers 'brought Ebola' (11)

6 May, 2019

It is great to read first hand feedback from Andre Shongo Diamba, HIFA Country Representative in DRCongo.

Particularly we note his call for 'It is time to DR Congo public sector to be involved in offering secured environment to allow humanitarian partners to work'. We hope those in authority will heed his call.

We look forward to his sharing the current communication plan of the DR Congo health authorities to reach every stakeholder and corner of the country, to inform and educate the citizens of the nature of Ebola, the importance of Infection Protection and Conrol (IPC) measures, the importance of patients reporting promptly to health facilities where it is more effective to implement IPC and check the spread of the virus, the importance of avoiding clustering of cases in the community which only aids the spread, the importance of trusting the skilled health workers and facilities to control the epidemic, etc.

Joseph Ana


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HIFA profile: Joseph Ana is the Lead Consultant and Trainer at the Africa Centre for Clinical Governance Research and Patient Safety in Calabar, Nigeria. In 2015 he won the NMA Award of Excellence for establishing 12-Pillar Clinical Governance, Quality and Safety initiative in Nigeria. He has been the pioneer Chairman of the Nigerian Medical Association (NMA) National Committee on Clinical Governance and Research since 2012. He is also Chairman of the Quality & Performance subcommittee of the Technical Working Group for the implementation of the Nigeria Health Act. He is a pioneer Trustee-Director of the NMF (Nigerian Medical Forum) which took the BMJ to West Africa in 1995. He is particularly interested in strengthening health systems for quality and safety in LMICs. He has written Five books on the 12-Pillar Clinical Governance for LMICs, including a TOOLS for Implementation. He established the Department of Clinical Governance, Servicom & e-health in the Cross River State Ministry of Health, Nigeria in 2007. Website: Joseph is a member of the HIFA Steering Group:

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