A two-day training workshop on Lassa Fever surveillance, organized by Tulane University Lassa Fever Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation has ended at the Kenema District Council Hall.
The Kenema District Medical Officer (DMO), Dr.Yankuba Bah described the workshop as significant and timely; adding that Lassa Fever has proven to be one of the dangerous diseases in the world which kills within a short time. He called on the people to report any sickness they discover in their community at the nearest health post and appealed to the participants to take the training seriously. The Programme Coordinator for Lassa Fever surveillance Eastern Region, James Bangura noted that Tulane is a functional integration disease surveillance system which aims at ensuring continuous and timely utilization of information for all national disease prevention, and control programme as well as health services at all level. He said the objective of the workshop is to strengthen the capacity of Health Workers for effective Lassa surveillance and other epidemic diseases and to improve on laboratory techniques and sensitive monitoring of Lassa Fever in the region.
The Programme Coordinator maintained that the workshop would help the nurses to improve on the health information between health personnel in the district, adding that the training would also enable them to detect diseases such as typhoid and yellow fever among others. He stressed that their aim is to improve community involvement in detection, investigation and reporting at public health interventions, improve laboratory capacity in confirmation of pathogens and drugs sensitivity and monitoring in the District.
Lassa Fever surveillance programme includes the Mano River Union countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and that they are working to ensure that they combat Lassa Fever in the sub region, he said.
Dr. Lewis Kpoto, the Director of Epidemiological Surveillance Coordinator for Liberia, noted that the Mano River Union (MRU) Lassa Fever Programme is there to train medical personnel in laboratory techniques and clinical management so that the three (3) MRU countries and other African countries would control the disease.