In an effort to strengthen Guyana’s Disaster Risk Management System an Incident Command System Training (ICS) and a Mass Casualty Management Course (MCM) were conducted during 5 – 14 February, 2018 by the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/) in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH), and the Civil Defence Commission (CDC).
42 persons - 36% female and 64% male - participated and successfully completed the ICS training while 39 persons - 51% female and 49% male - successfully completed the MCM course. Participants included officers from the MoPH, Guyana Police Force, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation, Civil Defence Commission, Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Red Cross, Guyana Fire Service, Guyana Defence Force etc., St. John’s Ambulance Brigade, and private hospitals. Additionally, five (5) Instructors completed their evaluation and were certified as full Instructors. These persons will now build capacity within all administrative regions by planning, organising and conducting training.
In his remarks at the closing ceremony Hon. Joseph Harmon, Minister of State reiterated the Government’s commitment to building resilience to disaster risks for all Guyanese. He said, “… We have worked and will continue to strive to ensure that we are better prepared and able to deal with the increased risks expected from climate change and manmade hazards. Disaster Risk Management is everyone’s business, and we intend to do all that we can to create a better, safer Guyana. … We have limited resources and if we are to have optimum use of those resources, we have to plan careful and apply the resources we have in a practical and efficient way.”
Ms. Lilian Chatterjee, Canadian High Commissioner to Guyana stated that “…Canada remains committed to helping the Caribbean rebuild better and stronger for the future. We are working to improve the capacities of countries in the response to natural disasters and to reduce their impact on the people.”
Dr. William Adu-Krow, PAHO/ WHO Country Representative, highlighted that “…these courses will have a direct impact in enhancing the technical capacity of our professional to respond effectively to Mass Casualty Incidents.”
Images clockwise: Participants making a presentation; Participants during one of the field exercises; Participants during one of the field exercises.