The Centre for Disease Control or CDC through the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare has announced plans for an Epistemology program to train health care workers in Liberia for five weeks, beginning August 30, 2015.The program is expected to run for two years.
CDC Acting Country Director, Bryant Weedor, said the exercise started since 2005 in Nigeria as a mentorship and training program, targeting health care workers in fighting Malaria, Measles, Tuberculosis, and Ebola, amongst other diseases.
Mr. Weedor said for now, the program enrolls 30 students per class and three classes are being conducted with a total enrollment targeted at 210 students under a US$3million program, lasting for two years in Liberia.
He noted that the program is brought in Liberia to enable health care workers fight diseases and other sicknesses here. The CDC Acting County Director stressed that health care workers should be trained to fight disease like Ebola, noting that during the outbreak of the deadly Ebola Virus Disease, many health care workers lost their lives, including ordinary Liberians.
He added that CDC has 25 of such programs in Africa and Asia, and that graduates from the program are promoted to the national level to respond to any new outbreaks. Meanwhile, MrWeedor has assured that after the two years program in Liberia, the country’s health care workers will be ready to fight any other new outbreak and help save lives. By Ethel A. Tweh – Editing by Jonathan Browne