Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) has called for the equipping of frontline health workers with new skills and information about Covid-19 on a regular basis.

This call was made during the opening of a two-day refresher course for Mchinji’s Health Surveillance Assistants (HSAs).

The course was organised by MHEN under a special project on promoting Covid-19 prevention in Mchinji, with support from Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

‘As you may be aware, Covid-19 is a novel disease and, as such, there is need to equip frontline health workers like these HSAs with new developments or information about the disease from time to time’, Project Manager at MHEN, Davies Mwachumu, said.

‘Overall, these training aim at complementing the efforts that the Malawi Government, through the Ministry of Health is doing to remove the threat of Covid-19 disease that has so far claimed a number of lives in the country’.

Mwachumu said they took into consideration that transmission of the disease was more likely to spread due to the importation of cases, especially for those that use uncharted routes to enter the country.

He noted that under the project they had also shared Covid-19 prevention messages by conducting awareness meetings.

Assistant Environmental Health Officer for Mchinji District Hospital, Limbani Makawa, who was also one of the facilitators for the training, said, ‘It would not be okay for us to relax on preventative measures just because we have not been registering many new cases of Covid-19 as before.

‘Speaking on behalf of fellow environmental health officers in the district, I commend MHEN for increasing our capacity to conduct this training’.

Source: Mana Online

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