Covid-19 team to tackle second corona wave in Westhoek – Society

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A Covid-19 team was set up within the Westhoek Primary Care Zone, a collaboration between GPs, health and welfare services and politicians to tackle the second wave of corona infections in the region as effectively as possible.

Ypres mayor Emmily Talpe and Alderman for Social Affairs Eva Ryde are members of the team on behalf of the local authorities. “Within the Westhoek Primary Care Zone, we are working closely with the Covid-19 team to best tackle the second wave of corona infections in our region,” says Emmily Talpe. “As mayor of the largest city within our Primary Care Zone, I was given the confidence by my fellow mayors to be a representative of the local authorities in the covid-19 team. That way I can directly monitor all developments, both in terms of figures but also with regard to strategy. The Covid19 team ensures that we are in constant consultation with each other and exchange information with all authorities, cities and municipalities, general practitioners, care and welfare services. ”

Ypres mayor Emmily Talpe and Alderman for Social Affairs Eva Ryde are members of the team on behalf of the local authorities. “Within the Westhoek Primary Care Zone, we are working closely with the Covid-19 team to best tackle the second wave of corona infections in our region,” says Emmily Talpe. “As mayor of the largest city within our Primary Care Zone, I was given the confidence by my fellow mayors to be a representative of the local authorities in the covid-19 team. That way I can directly monitor all developments, both in terms of figures but also with regard to strategy. The Covid19 team ensures that we are in constant consultation with each other and exchange information with all authorities, cities and municipalities, general practitioners, care and welfare services. ” The Covid-19 team within Primary Care Zone Westhoek has been operational since August 4. “In the context of the ‘flare-ups’ of the coronavirus, the local authorities at the level of the recently established primary care areas are being assigned three specific assignments from the Flemish Government,” explains Emmily Talpe. “Firstly, controlling outbreaks through close cooperation between the Flemish government with its Infectious Disease Control Team and the local authorities. Secondly, the solidarity of the available offer in function of the needs. An important element within this second task is psychosocial well-being: at outbreaks in, for example, residential care centers or other facilities, it must be possible to call upon a system for psychosocial support of residents, staff members, family … Agreements will be made about this Thirdly, raising the awareness of the population and the care providers to participate in the global strategy to manage Covid-19 outbreaks, with an eye for psychosocial well-being. “” Thus, preventive action is expected on the one hand and contact tracing and support of affected facilities and communities on the other, “continues Emmily Talpe. “The biggest challenge here is to link the emergency and intervention planning of local authorities with the specific medical and non-medical approach to this pandemic.” Coordinator of the Covid-19 team is Lien De Vos, the regional welfare coordinator of the Service Provider Westhoek Association. Representatives of the GPs are Dr. Lander Vanhee from Vleteren and Dr. Pol Sansen from Poperinge. Diego Gouwy represents the Jan Yperman Hospital, director Mieke Vandeputte of WZC OLV Gasthuis the residential care centers. The Covid-19 team also consists of Inge Rambour (director CAW Central-West Flanders), Frans Verhegge (director of Family Care), Mieke Herpels (department manager White Yellow Clean) and the politicians Emmily Talpe and Eva Ryde. be invited to the meetings, “says Emmily Talpe. “If an outbreak occurs somewhere, the covid-19 team is in close contact with the Infectious Disease Control Team of the Agency for Care and Health to limit the risks of further infections. The covid-19 team also analyzes itself. the figures. In case of worrying situations for a potential outbreak, we call in the infectious disease control team. The final objective is that every facility / service / organization and local government have access to medical expertise to analyze signals and local authorities together with other partners within the network Also cooperating through the network of the Westhoek primary care zone to enable the first steps with regard to contact tracing and the associated test strategy is also one of the tasks of the covid-19 team. “Contact tracing is now done in close collaboration with the Infectious Disease Control Team of the Flemish Government. We therefore work with the covid-19 team and the local authorities to complement the central investigative work from the Flemish Government. If it is established that persons who are, for example, in quarantine because of an infection, can no longer provide for their basic needs, such as shopping, the Infectious Disease Control Team will contact the covid-19 team to report this and a solution will be sought through the competent local administration, for example via the shopping service. ” The next meeting of the covid-19 team is scheduled for next Tuesday. (TOGH)

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