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Office: Real-time exercises strengthen CHCC’s capacity to respond to disaster, outbreak

WARREN Villagomez, public health and hospital emergency-preparedness-program director, said real-time exercises show local capabilities and shortfalls.

Warren Villagomez

He is referring to the recently held simulated response to a disaster or outbreak conducted by the newly formed CNMI Emergency Medical Team at the airport field.

“We do exercises to see our capability and come up with corrective actions on challenges to have a better outcome,” he said.

Villagomez said “personnel are always a major challenge,” and this is why the Commonwealth Healthcare Corp. usually taps volunteer organizations for exercises and training sessions.

“This time we partnered with the United Filipino Organization for the simulated disaster emergency response,” he added.

“UFO is well established here in the CNMI, and its members have a multitude of skills set, so in the future we will be adding them to our resource management as part of our medical response.”

Having people with diversified skills will help make things smoother, Villagomez added.

He said the recently formed CNMI Emergency Medical Team can also be deployed to other islands in Micronesia. “That is our goal, once we get our verification credentials, we will also be supporting the FSM or Palau like they supported the CNMI by sending utility crews to our Commonwealth.”

The establishment of the team and emergency response exercises aim to strengthen the capacity of CHCC to respond to any kind of natural disaster or outbreak, Villagomez said.