Wednesday 21 June 2023
This Infectious Disease Plan, the first such plan for the Bailiwick of Guernsey, looks to provide a coordinated approach to the management of infectious diseases locally, and their risks and consequences, with a focus on partnership working and collaboration.
The priorities outlined in this plan include some of the major challenges faced by the Bailiwick, and beyond. For example, we know that vaccine-preventable diseases are re-emerging worldwide which is why maintaining a relentless focus on optimising vaccine provision is of particular importance in a geographically isolated location with a limited healthcare infrastructure.
We also need to continue to monitor our antibiotic use locally and consider the growing risk from antibiotic resistant infections.
Director of Public Health, Dr Nicola Brink said:
'The Plan serves to coordinate our approach to infectious diseases to ensure that we work in the most effective and cost-effective manner. The plan is dependent on partnership working with close collaboration between health and care providers across the Bailiwick. This was so important during the COVID-19 Pandemic when we adopted a 'whole islands' approach allowing a coordinated and integrated approach to our pandemic response.'
The implementation of the Infectious Disease Plan will be led by Public Health and overseen by the Health Protection Forum.
The full Plan can be viewed here Public Health Intelligence - States of Guernsey (gov.gg) under 'Other reports published by the Medical Officer of Health'.