Thursday, 11 July 2019

Questions (448)

Mary Butler

Question:

448. Deputy Mary Butler asked the Minister for Health if a case and incident management system for health protection to support more efficient and robust reporting and management of infectious disease outbreaks has been developed. [30472/19]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

My Department is currently developing a National Framework for the Control of Infectious Diseases, to be completed in 2020.

The goal of the framework is to ensure a coordinated, strategic approach to maintaining and improving infectious disease control to meet ever-changing risks to society in Ireland, within the international context of infectious disease. The framework will address infectious disease prevention, surveillance, diagnosis, and treatment, as well as enhanced organisation and delivery of infectious disease control, in order to drive improvements and support an integrated approach to the control of communicable disease in Ireland.

Measures to support more efficient and robust reporting and management of infectious disease outbreaks will be explored in this context.