Nov 16, 2016(Nyamilepedia) ——– The World Health Organization has trained more than one thousand health workers in South Sudan on disease detection, outbreak investigation and response, the officials say.
The USAID-funded initiative was carried out between 2015 and 2016 with an aim of “building the capacity for disease surveillance and response in South Sudan”.
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The trainees were recruited from counties across the country. Some of them were offered skills on cholera sample collection, processing, packaging, shipment, and cholera rapid diagnostic testing.
While others were trained “on reporting, preparedness and case management of infectious disease, skills on how “to confirm diseases like measles, meningitis, and bacterial pathogens amongst others” were also taught to the trainees, says the UN health agency.
Meanwhile, infectious diseases pose a major public health challenge causing significant levels of illness, disability and death in the country, according to the WHO.
According to WHO Representative, Dr Abdulmumini Usman, working in South Sudan has not been any easier due to ongoing conflict and routine violations of human rights in the country.
“South Sudan is a challenging work environment because of insecurity and a limited ability to access some of the country’s most vulnerable people,” said Dr Abdulmumini Usman WHO Representative.