5.4. Delivering health services and minimizing secondary effects of disasters

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prestacion servicios saludOne of the health sector’s fundamental tasks is to ensure the continuity of health services delivery to the population affected by a disaster.

Even before an emergency occurs, the network of health care facilities should be prepared for emergencies stemming from different hazards, both natural and anthropogenic.

Consequently, health care facilities should have emergency preparedness and response plans in place, their staff should be properly trained to implement the plans, and the necessary resources should be available.