FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Fauster Kofie Agble, MCSP Communications Officer/Ghana
Ghana – Fourty-nine tutors from 16 midwifery and 12 community health nursing training schools in Ghana have undergone a skills and knowledge training on infection prevention and control (IPC). The trainings, which were held concurrently in Tamale, Cape Coast and Kumasi, drew 17 tutors from the northern regions, 16 from the middle belt, and 18 from the southern sector.
The program is being implemented by USAID’s flagship Maternal and Child Survival Program, led by Jhpiego, an international, nonprofit health organization affiliated with the Johns Hopkins University, and in partnership with Ghana’s Ministry of Health. It is designed to strengthen frontline health staff and curricula of the midwifery and community health training schools Ghana.
Under the program, MCSP is ensuring that frontline health care workers are given the required knowledge and skills on IPC. For instance, participants were taught potential Ebola signs and symptoms, and had to demonstrate their skills and knowledge on how to handle outbreaks by going through standardized IPC protocols.
Topics included: screening and isolation in health facilities; hand hygiene; use of personal protective equipment; support activities during outbreaks; and practices to prevent disease transmission.
Tutors were challenged to consider themselves as change agents, and urged to “think outside the box” to ensure their students learned IPC procedures well.