Enhance SARI Surveillance Training
The Ministry of Health in collaboration with the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) conducted a two-day training on Enhance SARI Surveillance at Ocean View International Hotel from 29-30 September 2012.
The objectives of the training were:
1. To train key stakeholder from GPHC in sample taking and SARI orientation.
2. To strengthen Basic surveillance and Response Capacity to Influenza at GPHC
3. To integrate the epidemiological and Laboratory surveillance of influenza into the System.
The training was facilitated by Dr. Dr Zoila Fletcher Payton, Consultant, Health Surveillance & Disease Prevention & Control, PAHO/WHO, Dr. Kamela Bemaul, Registrar, Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation and Mr. Javin Chandrabose, Head of Surveillance, Research and Emergency Preparedness Department, NPHRL.
Thirty-three (34) health workers from the GPHC participated in the training which included a combination of lecture and practical sessions such as sample demonstration and update from the NPHRL on SARI Surveillance, importance of hospital surveillance, overview of Novel Coronavirus and definition of ILI, SARI and confirmed cases of influenza.
The main output from the training was:
• Weekly evaluation of samples sent from the GPHC Laboratory to the NPHRL, and feedback from the NPHRL to the GPHC doctors and nurses from the various wards that had sent the samples.
The training was well received by the participants. Some indicated that it was the first time they were exposed to training on SARI and Pandemic Influenza. Follow-up trainings will be conducted with participants of GPHC and private hospitals.
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