Community Health Workers (CHWs) play a major role in providing emergency health services in certain situations like Natural Disasters when there will be a shortage of health workers or slower response from the Local Government Health System. Some common natural disasters which will have a huge impact on many people in the community & require quick help from CHWs:
According to the CDC, during natural disasters, the risk of injury increases significantly. In such scenarios, most local hospitals will be filled with many critical emergency cases. CHWs can help save lives with their first aid training during these situations. In lesser urgent cases, CHWs must perform first aid to wounds of injured people to prevent infection. Tetanus and fungal/bacterial infections can cause significant health issues for people who have open unattended wounds. Community Health Workers check wounds thoroughly for the presence of any foreign objects like soil or wood, or metal. If they find any foreign item in the wound, then they refer that person to a local health provider for immediate medical attention to evaluate for tetanus immunization.
A few of the many guidelines that Community Health Workers follow in providing first aid to wounded people during a natural disaster that everyone can learn:
Clearly, Community Health Workers can have a huge impact in helping respond to natural disasters and other emergencies. International HELP is working to provide more community health workers with this life-saving knowledge.
– Durga Domathota, MPH Intern
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