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Ghana FETP-Intermediate Cohort I Workshop

Ghana FELTP organized the first workshop for the FETP-Intermediate Cohort I from 11 – 21 March, 2019 at the Miklin Hotel, Accra – Ghana. The 2-week didactic workshop was organized for the 15 trainees who were successful during the pre-admission workshop. 

Trainees undertook training in; Surveillance System Operations, Introduction to Descriptive Epidemiology, Ratios, Proportions and Rates, Summary Statistics, Surveillance System Evaluation, Overview of Epi Study Design, Investigating an Outbreak, Role of Laboratory in Outbreak Investigation, Exercise on Role of Laboratory in Outbreak Investigation, Situational and Outbreak Investigation Report, Mentorship and case studies.

The workshop was officially opened on 11 March 2019 by Dr. Franklin Asiedu-Bekoe – Head, Disease Surveillance Department, GHS. He assured all stakeholders of the GHS maximum support for the FETP-Intermediate in Ghana. He challenged trainees to take the 9-month training very serious so as to build their capacity in outbreak investigation and response to be useful to the countries public health system. 

The workshop was also attended by Ms. Hae Soo Park who represented the Country Director for Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) – Ghana. She said KOICA was excited the first Cohort of the training had commenced and was happy about the importance the GHS had attached to make the training a success. Ms. Park encouraged trainees to take the training serious in order to building their capacity to help respond to public health emergencies.

Mr. Joseph Asamoah Frimpong – Technical Advisor, Surveillance and Outbreaks – CDC who represented Dr. Chastity Walker – Program Director, Global Health Security, CDC – Ghana, Dr. Samuel Sackey – Field Coordinator/FETP-Intermediate Coordinator, GFELTP, Prof. Col. Edwin Afari (Rtd.) – Coordinator, GFELTP, Dr. Frederick Wurapa – Faculty Advisor, GFELTP, Dr. Donne Kofi Ameme – Senior Epidemiologist/Resident Advisor, GFELTP, facilitators and mentors were all at the ceremony.

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