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Updates on Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in oPt

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Situation in oPt and Eastern Mediterranean Region

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Summary of oPt’s Preparedness activities 

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Since the declaration of the Covid-19 as the public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC) by the WHO Director-General, the PA MoH have undertaken the following measures:

The national emergency plan preparedness was activated with identified priority actions during a national committee meeting on 29 January 2020 co-chaired by the Minister and WHO Head of Office
WHO Head of Office, Dr Gerald Rockenschaub, co-chaired an inter-agency Covid-19 preparedness meeting with the Minister of Health Dr Mai Al-Kaila on February 23 and agreed on a set of additional priority preparedness actions for the West Bank and Gaza. 

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Priority preparedness measures have been taken in the following key areas:

Testing for COVID-19: The Public Health Laboratory in Ramallah with support of WHO is now able to test specimen for Novel Coronavirus. Prior to that, WHO supported MoH in sending the sample to the Israeli lab in Tel-Hashmir. WHO is also working with the public health laboratory in Gaza to ensure that their capacity to test is also strengthened through the repair of the PCR-machine;
Delivering critical medical supplies: To support the COVID-19 response in the West Bank and Gaza, since the beginning of the response WHO has delivered 
COVID-19 testing kits to conduct an estimated 5,760 tests alongside with swabs for collection of samples and other laboratory supplies required for COVID-19 testing
Personal Protective Equipment and hand sanitizers to protect an estimated 2,000 health workers
Infrastructure supplies for isolation facilities in Jericho
In addition WHO is purchasing 25 types of medical disposable items to be used in health facilities designated to treat COVID-19 patients in the Gaza Strip
Preparedness training: More than 120 health workers (doctors, nurses, public health specialists) in the West Bank and Gaza have been trained on detection, case definition and management of Covid-19 cases have been strengthened through a series of workshops in Ramallah and in Gaza supported by WHO. More workshops are planned 
Early detection: MoH established medical points at King Hussein and Rafah Crossing Points and they have been capacitated to check incoming travellers so that appropriate medical and control measures can be taken. In addition WHO is supporting the review of Gaza preparedness measures with local authorities and partners this week 
Public health advice: On behalf of the United Nations, UNICEF and WHO jointly developed a risk communications and engagement plan to support the Ministry of Health to share health advice, mobilize the community and combat rumours and misinformation. The plan is supported by a taskforce, which includes the MoH, Bank of Palestine, and the Palestinian International Cooperation Agency. A new COVID-19 campaign has been launched to share critical and responsive health information across radio, TV, social media and mobile networks. To get involved and help disseminate health information: contact Alice Plate ay WHO: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it More than 100,000 brochures and posters have been disseminated to the public with practical advice on how to prevent COVID-19.

Key response documents:

pdf Palestinian Authority's National COVID-19 Response Plan  Released by the Palestinian Authority (PA) on March 26 the Plan outlines the strategic measures from a number of key sectors, including health, economy and social protection to contain the outbreak. The amount of $120 million planned by the PA for a period of 90 days is needed to support the proposed measures

 pdf occupied Palestinian territory COVID-19 Response Plan (Humanitarian)

The updated inter-agency multi-sectoral COVID-19 response plan totals $34 million for a period of 90 days and was released by humanitarian clusters on 27 March 2020 under the leadership of Humanitarian Coordinator with support from WHO. The plan aligns the collective efforts of the UN and its partners to support the Palestinian Authority’s lead National Response Plan to manage the impact of COVID-19 as well as with the global UN appeal issued by the UN Secretary General on 25 March 2020

Further information:

Dr. Gerald Rockenschaub, WHO oPt Head of Office, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Dr. Ayadil Saparbekov, WHO Health Emergencies Team Lead, WHO oPt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  
Alice Plate, Communication Specialist, WHO oPt, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it