A-three day seminar for community based health workers, organized by the Ministry of Health, has ended at Hangha town along the Kenema – Tongo field highway in the Nongowa chiefdom, Kenema district.
In her opening statement, the Kenema District Malaria Control focal person, Janet Hindowa, disclosed that the seminar aims at building the capacities of health workers on the treatment and control of malaria.
The Malaria Control focal person pointed out that malaria cases should be treated within 24 hours of notice to avoid further complications, adding that children under five years of age and pregnant women should be given more attention in terms of the treatment in order to ensure a healthy growth.
Janet appealed to the participants to make the best use of the training as they are ambassadors of their communities, informing them that the programme is a pilot project and that its success lies in their hands. Mr. Samuel Kargbo, a member of the District Health Management Team (DHMT), in his contribution, encouraged participants to handle cases that are within their powers and appealed to them to immediately refer those above them to hospitals or doctors.
He encouraged the participants to join the fight against malaria to enhance a healthy livelihood in their communities, as malaria could be controlled.