Lebanon sets up operations room to monitor virus outbreak

The Logistics and Information team is responsible for collecting data that highlights the country’s weaknesses and guide decision making.
by Tala Ramadan

19 March 2020 | 12:31

Source: by Annahar

  • by Tala Ramadan
  • Source: Annahar
  • Last update: 19 March 2020 | 12:31

This undated file photo shows the Lebanese Grand Serail. (Annahar)

BEIRUT: With efforts currently focused on limiting the spread and impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the Lebanese Cabinet in cooperation with the Disaster Risk Management Unit launched Lebanon’s Covid-19 operations room to implement pandemic preparedness and response plans.

Located in the Grand Serail, the unit will be working on multiple fronts, including providing specific guidance on measures to prepare communities to respond to the local spread of the virus. The room, which brings together representatives from different ministries and government agencies such as the Internal Security Forces, will collect data, generate immediate plans, and centralize news distribution to decrease the spread of fake news. 

The unit is divided into three groups that includ the Operations, Logistics and Information, and Planning teams. The Logistics and Information team is responsible for collecting data that highlights the country’s weaknesses and guide decision making. The Planning team is responsible for building on the presented data while taking into consideration the public health situation and the government’s weaknesses and strengths, to come up with response strategies while the Operations team collects information from field officers.

The collected information will be processed and shared with the public in a daily report. The report will also feature updated guidance.

As recent events have shown how rapidly a new disease can take root and spread, and how such events are accompanied by an explosion of clinical and epidemiological information and research, the unit will stand as a reference to help public health authorities, researchers and clinicians contain and manage the disease.

The Disaster Risk Management (DRM) Unit was established at the Grand Serial to support the gvernment in developing a disaster risk reduction strategy based on four elements: Prevention, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery. 

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