FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

Health workers trained on malaria in Gambia

Gambia's Central River Region health management team conducted a four-day training workshop last week on the community case management of malaria for village health workers in training funded by the Global Fund.

The workshop trained health workers at two sites in the region, Bansang Reproductive Child Health and Kuntaur Major Health Centre. The team demonstrated the use of antremethar and lumefantrina for the treatment of malaria diagnoses, the Daily Observer reports,

Jankoba Jabbie, the health director for the region, said the training would go a long way toward managing malaria cases at the community level. He said the training would give village health workers the skill and knowledge to recognize malaria in children, control fevers, perform a rapid diagnosis test and record the result. Jabbie praised the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for its efforts in malaria treatment, prevention and control.

Ebba Secka, the region's principal nursing officer, said that 48 participants came from 48 primary healthcare villages throughout the region. He said the team used role playing, demonstration and return demonstration to train the participants. Secka then called on the participants to put into practice what they learned during the training session, according to the Daily Observer.

Gibril Sanneh, the officer in change of Kuntaur Health Centre, said the training will scale up malaria treatment and improve the rate of proper malaria diagnosis, the Daily Observer reports.