ISLAMABAD: The National Institute of Health (NIH) Islamabad has launched a specialized three months “frontline field epidemiology” training programme for the district-level surveillance staff in Lahore, said a press release issued here on Monday.
“The initiative aims at imparting skills in collection, analysis and interpretation of public health data, which may lead to early detection and generation of timely response to the disease outbreaks. The high-value skill-based training is being imparted by public health experts from NIH, the Field Epidemiology & Laboratory Training Programme (FELTP) and Punjab Health Department,” it said.
Initially, a total of 24 officers including district surveillance coordinators and entomologists from different districts of Punjab participated in the weeklong first contact session of the course. The event was jointly inaugurated by NIH Executive Director (acting) Dr Rana Muhamamd Safdar and the Director General Health Services Punjab Dr Haroon Jahangir in Lahore, it said.
“The rapid population growth, unplanned urbanization, challenges of safe water and sanitation have serious implications for health, the load of which ultimately falls on the national healthcare system. It is ironic that the disease outbreaks affect deprived populations disproportionality and further compound their miseries due to limited national capacity for timely detection and response to such events. We all have our part to play for a meaningful difference on ground”, Dr Rana Safdar said.