More qualify as TB health workers

ANOTHER 21 nurses and community health workers were recently certified as tuberculosis health workers, following week-long training in the Kikori district facilitated by the Oil Search Foundation.

  • Staff Reporter
  • 29 January 2017
  • 15:37
  • News
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The Directly Observed Treatment, or DOT, training was facilitated by the National Department of Health with logistical support funded by the foundation and Gulf Christian Health Services.
Oil Search said it involved health workers from facilities within Kikori district and included a day of training for 17 village volunteers as treatment supporters. Facilitators from World Vision and the Central Public Health Laboratory helped the National Health department train participants in TB case management and treatment, reporting and recording data.
"Combating the threat of TB needs ongoing partnership and commitment from all stakeholders if we want to lessen the burden of the disease," said foundation health officer Clement Kumaru.
He said that TB was a major concern in the Gulf province. Kikori district records some of the highest numbers of TB cases in the country. With DOT patients are closely monitored at their local health facility.
The foundation said that village treatment supporters made sure that a TB patient was correctly taking their medication every day until they finish the full treatment. 
Dr Robin Yasi from the National TB program told the village health workers that their attendance as TB treatment supporters showed how serious they were in helping stop the spread of TB. 
"With your help and dedication we will see real progress in controlling the disease. You should be very proud of the direct and important role you are playing to support your communities," Yasi said.
Kikori district village volunteer treatment supporter Mike Junior thanked the partners for making the training possible. "Sik TB em bikpela hevi lo komuniti. Bikos lo dispela mipela kam na kisim skul we bai mipla ken mekim bai sik TB noken kamap bikpla," Junior said, which translates to "TB has become a burden in our communities. That's why we have made a commitment to be TB village treatment supporters so we can help stop the spread of TB".
Oil Search said Gulf Provincial Health adviser Ben Bal was overwhelmed by the commitment of participants and thanked the foundation for its continuous support as a development partner.

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