#COVID19: Chad Creates National Coordination Against Pandemic

The responsibility of Chad’s CNAL-COVID-19 will be shared across provinces, headed by unit leads for effective coordination.

The Chadian Minister of Public Health, Dr Abdoulaye Sabre Fadoul, has signed an order creating a national coordination for the fight against COVID-19, CNAL-COVID-19.

It would define and execute the national strategy for the sanitary management of the COVID-19 pandemic and decide the operational and organisational actions, the epidemiological surveillance, and the treatment of patients.

It would also ensure the collection of epidemiological data and make it public as well as orientate the external interventions according to the needs of the country and ensure regular follow-up.

Other responsibilities of the body include to formulate and send recommendations and its advice to the minister in charge of public health.

Renew and vulgarise the treatment protocol and public health measures and ensure the prevention and control of infections within the treatment environment among others.

According to the order, other coordination structures could be set up in the provinces as the need arises, under the authority of provincial delegates of health.

The CNAL-COVID-19 would publish monthly data of the epidemiological situation of the virus in the country.

The CNAL-COVID-19 would have a coordinator as its head with an assistant and would be composed of members from the technical services of the Ministry of Public Health as well as representatives of technical partners and financiers of the health sector.

“The coordination will present a final report to the minister in charge of public health after the official declaration of the end of the Covid-19 pandemic,” the order concluded.

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