By Naneka A. Hoffman
20 nurses from Government-run hospitals from four counties leave the country this week to undergo special training in Zambia.
The nurses are expected to depart the country this week. They are Blessing Acquire from Government Hospital in Grand Bassa County; Georgia A. Gray from Redemption Hospital in Montserrado County; Naomi Smith from the CB Dunbah Hospital in Bong County; and Vanja Mama Kowula from C. H. Rennie Hospital in Margibi County.
Bishop Kortu Brown spoke of the training program recently during a thanksgiving and prayer service for the candidates at the New Water in the Desert Apostolic Pentecostal Church in Brewerville.
The overseer of Water in the Desert Apostolic Pentecostal Church International said over the past two years, Church Aid Incorporated embarked on the initiative to train 20 nurses for the next five years.
The training targets nurses who have catered to people suffering from hearing complications in the country and the region.
He thanked the Ministry of Health for partnering with him and his team for such an initiative in the country.
Bishop Kortu Brown said they are anticipating training about 20 persons in hearing instrument specialists that will be assigned at government referral hospitals across the country.
He added that their aim is for the campaign to go beyond Liberia, mainly in the Mano River basin to help fight the disease in the region.
Bishop Kortu K. Brown stated that the campaign to train Hearing Healthcare in the country requires more funding and it needs the involvement of every Liberian including the stakeholders in the country.
He noted that assessment and treatment of possible cases have been identified, adding that they have communicated with Rev. Miatta Sirleaf and P. Magdalene Konneh to reach out and organize the Friday program.
According to Bishop Brown, Montserrado County Senator Saah H. Joseph has pledged his mobile clinic for the outreach.
The candidates expressed thanks and appreciation to Bishop Brown for the opportunity and the prayers while they prepared to depart the country this week.
Additionally, the candidates said Montserrado County Senator has promised to lobby with his colleagues on Capitol Hill for serious attention to be given to Hearing Healthcare specialists to be trained in the country.
Meanwhile, the Campaign to Promote Hearing Healthcare in Liberia is sponsored by Church Aid Incorporated, the relief department arm of the Apostolic Pentecostal Church International.
This is the second batch of candidates for Hearing Instrument Specialists which is intended to help reduce the disease in the country.