They are doing so in a three-day workshop organised by the Division of Risk and Disaster Management (DRDM) in collaboration with the Seychelles, Fire and Rescue Services Agency (SFRSA).
The workshop on disaster risk reduction and emergency management was officially opened yesterday at the Home for the Elderly at the North East Point Hospital and Mental Home.
Present at the ceremony were the Minister for Health Mitcy Larue, the deputy chief executive of the HCA Dr Danny Louange, the nurse manager at the home for the elderly Anne Desir, representatives of DRDM and SFRSA, among other guests.
The aim of the workshop is to educate and refresh HCA staff on disaster and emergency protocol on how to evacuate the residents to safety should there be such an eventuality.
The training programme was set up for staff of both health institutions located at North East Point.
Dr Louange stated that such workshop will enable the staff of the HCA to be better equipped with disaster risk reduction and emergency management protocol.
“It will equip them with the skills to better take care of patients in case of an emergency. Each time a patient comes into the hospital, it is our responsibility to take care of them,” he said.
He said the knowledge that the staff will gain through this workshop will enable them to share with other HCA staff.
DRDM spokesperson Regina Prosper added that such workshop will help guide the hospital staff on better ways to tackle an emergency at the hospital.
She said they have also prepared a practical session on fire safety so that the staff will understand what a fire is and how to handle it.
“It is very important for such institutions with a large number of patients and clients to be able to handle situations in times of emergency and in the process save lives and property,” she pointed out.