10 March 2020 – President discusses on coronavirus outbreak with Seychelles’ WHO Representative

Type of Intervention: Specific Action
Sectors Involved: Executive Office, Health
Intervention Categories: Planning and strategy; Listening to scientists or health/other experts
Level of Jurisdiction: National
Lead People/Agency: President Faure, Seychelles World Health Organisation (WHO) Representative

Overview: President Faure discusses the global outbreak of coronavirus with Seychelles’ WHO Representative, Dr Teniin Gakuruh, including how to build the capacity of the Department of Health and other agencies involved in response measures. Areas of discussion between the Head of State and Dr Garukuh included how WHO can further assist Seychelles in key areas such as infection prevention, early detection measures, strengthening of surveillance methods, mobilising of resources, training, containment as well as enhancing the effectiveness of communications to keep the general population informed, as well as internal communication measures in place between key stakeholders and partners.
Full details here: http://www.statehouse.gov.sc/news/4767/president-faure-discusses-global-outbreak-of-coronavirus-with-seychelles-who-representative?topic_id=30

Type of Justification: Advice of EXTERNAL expert advisor or advisory committee, Scientific Evidence (e.g. academic paper, report), Perception of an increased threat
Source of Evidence or Justification: World Health Organisation
Evidence/Justification: Review of response measures undertaken in consultant with expert representative from the WHO, Dr. Teniin Gakuruh. Representative is actively working with the Seychelles Department of Health to ensure the implementation of a well-integrated approach to the pandemic crisis. Dr. Garukuh stressed importance of not only heightening the level of preparedness but establishing containment measures should the virus reach Seychelles, with greater emphasis on the strengthening of surveillance and tracking measures.