The Infection and Prevention Control (IPC) taskforce at the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has trained over 7,000 health care workers across the country.
The IPC is a taskforce within the Ministry of Health that is tasked to support government’s initiatives in eradicating the Ebola Virus Disease.
According to the IPC, during the peak of the deadly Ebola virus, many health practitioners rushed into ETUs without sufficient knowledge of the virus.
Speaking Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at the daily press briefings hosted by the Ministry of Information, Cultural Affairs and Tourism in Monrovia, the chairperson for the Infection and Prevention Control, Madam Catherine Cooper, said, the IPC is a special taskforce set up by the Government through the Health Ministry last September to respond to various diseases in the country.
She said most health care workers in the country lack adequate knowledge about the Ebola virus, something which she says, led to many innocent healthcare workers losing their lives as a result of fear.
Madam Cooper stressed that once healthcare workers are well trained on infection and prevention control, they won’t be afraid of any disease that may breakup.
She said the purpose for forming the taskforce is to create a platform where the various diseases can easily be prevented or controlled, and to prevent the country from encountering future outbreak of nay disease that may want to hinder the health sector of Liberia.
According to her, the healthcare workers were specifically trained in Infection, Prevention and Control at various hospitals and clinics across the country.
She narrated that IPC has trained about 150 master trainers and 2,000 personnel, including supervisors and community residents, among others, saying, “We did not only train health care workers but build their capacity by providing the Keep Safe and Keep Serving training packages for various hospitals and clinics both private and public.”
Mrs. Cooper added that the Keep Safe and Keep Serving packages mainly targeted trained healthcare workers and supervisors at various hospitals and clinics, to enable them carry out their duties as health practitioners in the country.
By Lewis S. Teh