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MOHS trains Ebola fight ahead of the Lakka Treatment Center operations

MOHS trains Ebola fight ahead of the Lakka Treatment Center operations

Freetown, July 3, 014 (SLENA) – Orientation for the training of another batch of health workers ahead of the Lakka Ebola Treatment Center in the Western Area ended on Thursday July 3, 2014 at the Ministry of Health and Sanitation Conference Hall with 67 personnel committed to the task.

Trainees include Community Health Officers, Mortuary staff, State Enrolled Community Health Nurses, Burial Experts and Ambulance Drivers.

Spearheading the training the World Health Organization Expert, Head of Virology and Emerging Infections Department Associate Professor, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, USA, Dr. Daniel Bausch said the training is in two phases, one in Kenema and the other in Freetown effective Friday July 4, 2014.

Dr. Bausch who has a wide range of experience on the disease also helped in setting up the Lassa Fever Unit in Kenema. The training, he reiterated would help equip trainees to professionally handle case management in various health related clinical and public health concerns.

He lauded the government for its timely intervention, and encouraged citizens to dispel all false and negative rumors surrounding the Ebola outbreak.

Director of Environmental Health and Sanitation, Dr. Ansumana Sillah, and Training Facilitator and Manager, National TB/Leprosy Control Programme, Dr. Alie Wurie, underscored the importance of the training and encouraged participants to demonstrate patriotism and commitment in the discharge of their specific duties.

Dr. Wurie and Sillah described the event as a national call for action by all Sierra Leoneans in the fight against the spread of the Ebola viral disease.

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