HEALTH workers in the Highlands – Eastern Highlands, Chimbu, Jiwaka, Western Highlands, Enga, Hela and Southern Highlands – will be trained to treat and swab Covid-19, non-governmental organisation Touching The Untouchable (TTU) Highlands Covid-19 co-ordinator Kelep Akaya says.
“Similar training will be conducted in Milne Bay, Manus, Gulf, the National Capital District and Central,” he said.
After a two-day training programme funded by TTU through the World Bank and Unicef for 30 health workers in Enga’s Laiagap-Porgera last week, Akaya said skills and knowledge were critical in the fight against the pandemic.
The training was facilitated by the Health Department.
Akaya said TTU was monitoring the Covid-19 by providing support in training, logistics and educating communities.
Technical officer for public health surveillance and Highlands coordinator for Covid-19 response Ben Kapa said the training that ended on Friday in Wabag covered risk communications, health care and workers protection and swabbing.
“These are important areas that give front liners the courage to react and face the risk,” he said.
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