MIL-OSI Translation: On the ground of the crisis in the North province


MIL OSI Translation. French Polynesian to English –

Source: Government of New Caledonia

A government delegation led by its President Louis Mapou visited the North Province on September 24. The objective of this visit was to take stock of the measures deployed in the face of the Covid-19 epidemic and to listen to needs and feedback from the field.

The president and members of the government began their trip this Friday, September 24, by going to meet caregivers and staff from the Northern Health Center (PSN). Like the Médipôle, the hospital has also had to review its organization to take care of patients with Covid-19. “The bed capacity has been increased to 33 since Thursday evening and we already have 29 Covid patients, 25 in conventional hospitalization and four who require heavier care”, observes Joachim Tutugoro, director of the Center hospitalier du Nord (CHN) who adds with relief: “A new staff of reinforcements from the health reserve (see box) will allow us to reopen services in the establishments of Poindimié and Koumac, for patients who need less care and thus free up space for the PSN ”. The CHT remains the reference center for the most serious cases, especially in intensive care. The director of the CHN insisted on underlining the good territorial coordination of health actors, while calling on the populations of the North to be vaccinated and not to wait to be screened in the event of symptoms.

On the front

“We are very proud of the organization you have put in place,” said Isabelle Champmoreau, vice-president of the government. It is important that we come to the field to encourage you and discuss with you on a daily basis. You are the personnel at the front, with the Caledonians ”. The President of the Government Louis Mapou also praised the “responsiveness” shown by the teams of the hospital. “Our role is to give you the best possible conditions to be able to do your job. The delegation then went to another key device in the care of Covid patients. The Koniambo Hotel was requisitioned by the government to accommodate positive people who do not need hospitalization, but who have difficulty isolating themselves at home.


Volunteer agents

Behind this organization is the North forward coordination post (PCA), which, like that of the Islands and the Isle of Pines, is intended to prepare the “hospital”, and provide them with logistical support. , manage evasans and repatriations. Real interface of the operational command post (PCO), under the authority of President Mapou, its role is also to facilitate the coordination between the provincial health services and the crisis units of the communes. Within the PCA North, led by Sergeant Philippe Buama, of the Civil Security and Risk Management Department, Joelle Le Marrec and Soane Manuopuava, officers on the branch of government services in Koné, volunteered to be responsible for the “hotels, confinement” unit. “We put the procedures in place, with the help of the hotel manager, to receive the first patients on September 14. Volunteers from the Koné town hall came to reinforce the teams to bring meals, manage the daily outing, check in with people, etc. Then, agents of the Civil Security came to bring their know-how in terms of health protocols and management. About twenty people are currently mobilized. For Isabelle Champmoreau, these teams of volunteers demonstrate an essential “human commitment”. “We may have the best tools, without the women and men who are behind it, it would not work”, confirmed Louis Mapou.



Second arrival of medical reinforcements

Embarked on a flight specially chartered by the Ministry of Health Solidarity with Aicalin, a new contingent of 108 caregivers arrived from Metrople on the evening of September 25. Among them, 102 come from the ranks of the health reserve, a community of voluntary health professionals who can be mobilized by the State (doctors, caregivers, laboratory technicians, radio manipulators, etc.), capable of intervening within a very short period of time. The other six, like the first reinforcements, applied as individual candidates as part of an appeal by regional health agencies. Welcomed by Patrice Faure, High Commissioner of the Republic in New Caledonia, Frédéric Marchi-Leccia, Director of Civil Security and Séverine Métillon, Director of Health and Social Affairs, these personnel received their mission orders the next day for a deployment to hospitals and other organizations. The flight also transported 77 tonnes of medical cargo.



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