The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has promised to provide more training and other support to help ensure that health workers are kept safe in the process saving lives of people infected by the deadly Ebola virus.
Giving the assurance yesterday at the regular Ebola Hour press briefing at the Ministry of Information, Culture Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the Medical Officer of the CDC, Neil Gupta, MD, explained that, the CDC was doing everything necessary to ensure that health workers are safe and are provided training.
He said CDC is working with health practitioners and reaching out to the various ETUs to make sure that they identify all the problems and provide regular coaching to help health workers avoid contracting the virus.
“If they are working in a health facility, we know that training is important but they need more than that. They also need access to all the necessary support,” Mr. Gupta explained.
The CDC Medical Officer further disclosed that CDC has been involved in providing training for over 1000 health workers around the country.
It is important for the health workers to be fully protected in the process of saving lives, since they are the people we need to fight Ebola, said Mr. Gupta.
“We also provide training materials and train Liberians who will master the materials and move out there to train other people. With this, we can have people trained all around the country in the fight against the disease,” he said.
Dr. Moses Massaquoi, National Case Management Chairman for Ebola Response, explained that group has been involved in training health staff working in the various ETUs in partnership with the World Health Organization (WHO), as one of their strategies in the fight against the virus.
The objective of case management is to provide quality care and supportive treatment for all patients entering the various ETU.
He said his entity has improved the training program at the various Ebola treatment centers by training in three faces, including core training with the aim of knowing the disease and how it is transmitted and what one needs to do to be protected.
“We also take you through the hot training that has to do with real life training that involves interacting with Ebola patients. We take you through the competency on how to manage it and provide certificates internationally accredited by WHO,” Dr. Massaquoi explained.