The Ministry of Health through the Regional Health Directorate of North Bank Region recently organised a three-day training workshop for health workers, nurses, public health officers and Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) on early detection of Ebola, using national Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) guidelines and protocols.
The training, which was held through funding from the World Health Organisation, was conducted at the NBR Regional Health Directorate in Essau, Nuimi. The objective of the training is to establish a regional core capacity for rapid, proper and timely response to all public health emergencies in the region.
Speaking at the event, Sutering Drammeh, the Regional Health Director for the Essau Health Region, underscored the importance the Ministry of Health attaches to strengthening the national response and preparedness on public health emergencies. He added that the training would strengthen disease surveillance, noting that disease preparedness and response calls for collective responsibility of all stakeholders.
Drammeh stressed the need for effective dissemination of information on the management of diseases, especially communicable disease, and to enhance the capacity necessary guidelines, protocols and Standard Operational Procedures for EVD preparedness and response on the guidelines for clinical management of EVD patients and guideline on infection prevention and control.
Sana Sambou, the Programme Manager for Disease Control at the Ministry of Health said preparing and strengthening the country’s public health emergencies is crucial in enhancing the health status of the public. He assured his Ministry and partners’ support to rapid response to public health emergencies. He used the opportunity to call on the general public to be vigilant to adopt safety measures on public health emergencies.
The programme, he added, is aimed at improving the knowledge and skills of health staff on disease surveillance and by extension establish functional regional level rapid response teams.
by Alhagie Babou Jallow &