Over fifty health personnel drawn from health facilities across the country are attending a four-day training on Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs) at the National Nutrition Agency, along Bertil Harding Highway.

The forum is organised under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare (MoHSW) through its Epidemiology Unit and National Public Health Laboratory with funding from the World Health Organisation and Taskforce Global Health.

At the opening ceremony, Yahya Camara, national Tropical Diseases focal point, Epidemiology and Disease Control Unit at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, said the objectives of the training is to equip field staff, laboratory and data collectors with the knowledge and skills to ensure successful mapping exercise and to prepare adequately for the mapping survey. “The targeted personnel who are attending the training are the field staff from the various laboratories, data collectors and supervisors of health facilities across the country and the mapping will begin from 10th May to 6th June 2015 in selected lower basic schools throughout the country.”

Camara informed that there are three different types of soil-transmitted helminthes which focuse on National Tropical Diseases mapping; namely Ascarisides, Trichuris trichhiura and hookwarm respectively. Ignatious Baldeh, director of National Public Health Laboratory at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare, thanked participants for their large turn-out. “After this training you need to share the knowledge you get with others who did not have the opportunity to be part of the training,” he advised, and promised of his Ministry’s resolve to do all they can to train them in their fields of study in order for them to deliver well in their institutions.

Baldeh also used the opportunity to thank the consultants for their wonderful work, describing them as real partners of the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare. The opening ceremony was chaired by Sana Sambou, principal investigator at National Tropical Diseases mapping, who doubles as the Disease Control coordinator at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare.

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