By Jimmey C. Fahngon
Fourteen Surveillance officers have graduated from Liberia Field Epidemiology Training Program (FETP) Intermediate Cohort 1.
Speaking at the graduation program last Friday, Dr. Maame Amo-Addae said the graduands underwent nine months of intensive studies.
She said the training enhanced the skills of the graduates in data analysis, surveillance, among others.
Dr. Amo-Addae further said the training improved the skills of the trainees in public health and other relevant areas.
The training, she said, focused on maternal health and maternal deaths.
She said having gone through months of training, the graduands are ready and prepared to discharge their duties.
In remarks, Mr. Tolbert Nyenswah, Director General of National Public Health Institute of Liberia (NPHIL) said the training is critical in addressing health problems in Liberia.
He lauded the graduates for their achievement and urged them to make good use of the skills acquired for the good of Liberia.
Mr. Nyenswah said the training would afford the graduates to investigate, identify and prevent infectious diseases before they get to the public.
Earlier, the Country Director of the United States Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Desmond Williams said his institution has helped over 70 countries and provided training for more than 10,000 health workers in epidemiology.
Mr. Williams assured of CDC continuous support to Liberia’s health sector.
For her part, Health Minister Dr. Bernice Dahn said the Liberian Government has invested so much in the health sector as part of effort to strengthen the sector.
She called on the graduates to maximize the skills and knowledge acquired.