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WHO to support MoH with the establishment of intensive care units

WHO to support MoH with the establishment of intensive care units

WHO Representative to Timor-Leste, Arvind Mathur. Image/WHO

DILI, 27 april 2022 (TATOLI) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to support the Ministry of Health (MoH) with the establishment of Intensive Care Units (ICUs) in Referral Hospitals to provide intensive care for patients with serious illness.

“The discussion we have today will support Timor-Leste to determine a way forward in implementing secondary, tertiary, essential emergency, and critical care and ultimately reducing preventable deaths here,” Arvind Mathur, the Representative of WHO to Timor-Leste made the comments at Hotel Timor, in Dili, today.

Mathur said WHO took pride in standing with the Ministry of Health from day one as its trusted partner, and neutral policy advisor and continues to extend comprehensive technical assistance in ever-evolving situations.

“Globally, critical illness results in millions of deaths every year. Although many of these deaths are potentially preventable, the basic, life-saving care of critically ill patients is often overlooked in health systems. COVID-19 has caused a global surge of critically ill patients and patients needing more secondary and tertiary care,” He said.

“Unfortunately, this care is frequently a neglected part of healthcare. The basic, life-saving clinical processes may be overlooked in specialized care and settings of both high and low resources. In hospitals all over the world, guidelines, equipment, and routines focusing on the care of critically ill patients are often missing for adult and pediatric patients, in emergency units, inwards, and in intensive care units.”

Mathur emphasized that improving the way healthcare manages secondary, tertiary, and critical care could save many lives: “WHO is supporting the effort to improve secondary and tertiary services and care to critically ill patients in all hospitals in the world.”

“Essential secondary and tertiary care can be low cost and low complexity for the identification and treatment of high-risk patients across all medical specialties which can reduce preventable deaths. It also can increase the impact of pandemic preparedness and response programs and policies for health systems strengthening,” he said.

Mathur said that there were large gaps in the quality of care for critically ill patients, especially in low-staffed and low-resourced settings, and mortality rates are high. For example, the resource requirements for hospitals are not always ready to provide this care are necessary.

“I am looking forward to a rich discussion and to our collaborative and collective efforts to take the findings from this workshop to further strengthen the health system and ensure healthy Timorese in Healthy Timor-Leste,” he concluded.

At the same place, the Director-General of the Health Service Delivery, Odete Viegas said that: “MoH has ventilators, so it is prepared to establish the ICUs with ten beds to provide treatment for those patients with serious illness at the referral hospitals. It’s not necessary to transport all the patients to HNGV,”

Viegas said MoH has already established an ICU in Maliana and will open another one at Covalima hospital tomorrow.

 

Journalist: Filomeno Martins 

Editor: Nelia Borges Rosario

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