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Ghana FELTP Response to COVID-19

The GFELTP which is the hub for training field epidemiologists in English speaking West Africa (with the exception Nigeria) has its residents and alumni involved in responding to this pandemic in the various countries.

Updates from Liberia

Liberia as of May 5, 2020 had recorded a total of 170 confirmed cases, 20 deaths and 58 recoveries. Residents of the GFELTP are actively involved in the investigation of the COVID-19 pandemic in Liberia. Ms. Musand Kromah and Ms. Hawa Sherman, both Cohort XII residents of the GFELTP have undertaken the activities below; 

  • Ms. Musand Kromah serves as National Coordinator on the case investigation response pillar assigned to the Epi center (Montserrado County) Health Team. She coordinates case investigation activities across five active out of seven reporting health districts (Central Monrovia, Common Wealth, Somalia Drive, St. Paul and Bushord) within Montserrado County, Liberia. Ms. Kromah reports on daily case investigation activities to the head of Case Investigation Pillar who subsequently updates the Incident Management System for decision making.

Ms. Musand Kromah (arrow pointed at her) involved in an onsite supervision of a Case Investigator and Laboratory Technician at the walk in sample collection center, Common Wealth District, Montserrado County, Liberia

  • Ms. Hawa Sherman has supported in the training of Port of Entry Officers, Health Facility Focal Persons in Lofa/Cape Mount Counties to strengthen surveillance and referral networks at Ground Crossings Point of Entries. She also helps to collect updates on COVID-19 from Health Facility Surveillance focal persons for decision making.

Ms. Hawa Sherman (arrow pointed at her) collecting updates from case investigator 

Updates from Ghana

Ghana as of May 5, 2020 had recorded a total 2,719 confirmed cases, 18 deaths and 294 recoveries. Mr. Anthony Baffour Appiah, a Cohort XII resident of the GFELTP has undertaken the following activities.

Mr. Baffour Appiah has trained contact tracing teams on the use of SORMAS in the Ablekuma North Municipality, Greater Accra Region. He also provided supportive supervision to the contact tracers on the use of Collector for ArcGIS in Kwashieman Been-to and Ablekuma North Municipal in the Greater Accra Region. He also validates filled case investigation forms returned by contact tracers to ensure the forms were correctly completed and also samples received came with case forms.

Updates from Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone as of May 5, 2020 has recorded a total of 199 confirmed cases, 11 deaths and 43 recoveries. Dr. James Sylvester Squire, a Cohort XII resident of the GFELTP has facilitated nationwide trainings of Community Health workers as contact tracers and monitors across Sierra Leone. He has also supported the setting up of sentinel surveillance in 12 sites (10 pharmacies and 2 Health facilities) in western area with the aim of quickly establishing community transmission that would guide the implementation of community mitigation strategies to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the country. 

Dr. James Sylvester Squire (arrow pointed at him) training Community Health workers as contact tracers and monitors across Sierra Leone for the COVID-19

Updates from The Gambia

The Gambia had as of May 5, 2020 recorded a total of 17 confirmed cases, 1 death and 9 recoveries.  Dr. Mary Grey-Johnson, a Cohort XII resident of the GFELTP trained Health Care workers in Western Region 1 and 2 on Contact Tracing, Rapid Response and Risk Communication at the Brikama Health Directorate, The Gambia. She also trained staff of the Banjulinding Health Facility on topics such as Epidemiology of COVID-19, Pathophysiology and clinical presentation, Case Management and Infection prevention control in The Gambia.

Dr. Grey-Johnson is also responsible for ensuring that confirmed cases are sent to treatment centres whereas their close family members are sent to quarantine centers. She conducts case investigations, contact investigation and family home visits, linelisting of contacts, follow-ups and monitoring of high and low risk contacts.

Dr. Mary Gry-Johnson (standing) demonstrating how to wear and remove mask and gloves as part of Infection Prevention and Control at the Banjulinding Health facility