A three-day workshop for health care workers from various health care facilities in Madang province is currently underway to train workers to do surveillance for COVID-19.
The training, funded by World Vision and UNICEF, includes swabbing in order to increase the sites for swabbing and active testing in the province, so health workers can do their job accurately to combat the coronavirus.
Currently, the Madang provincial hospital is the only active COVID-19 testing site in the province.
Health care workers from various health care facilities in Madang including rural health facilities, church run health clinics and private health clinics are part of this training.
The training aims to train the health workers to do swabbing for COVID-19 testing includes training on how to look after themselves and patients in the hospital.
The officers are also trained on clinical referral pathways and risk communication.
According to Sr. Apit, risk communication is currently more of a challenge for health workers.
Following the training the health workers will also get their PPE supplies and information kits to their respective health facilities.
The three days’ workshop ends tomorrow.