The Ghana Field Epidemiology Training Program (GFELTP) held the 4th GFELTP Scientific Conference and Competency Graduation from 30 November through 2 December 2021, the capital Accra.
The ceremony was graced by Dr. Patrick Kuma-Aboagye the Director General of the Ghana Health Services, accompanied by representatives of key partner organizations.
Representing Dr Simon Antara, the Director of the African Field Epidemiology Network was Dr Ditu Kazambu, the Head of Programs, who emphasized vigilance amidst the threat of new variants of the COVID-19 virus.
He noted that the pandemic has exposed the weaknesses of health systems even in countries previously believed to have strong health systems.
Dr Kazambu observed that much as most countries of the world have succeeded in putting in place solid systems to control the migration of human, the virus still spreads and strikes mercilessly with no account of social background, sex, race, religion and, occupation.
“This virus sends a deep message to humanity, that of knowing that we are all of the human race, we share the same village which is our planet earth and that we will not be safe if we organize our health systems well without helping our neighbours to organize theirs. We have all understood by now that an epidemic in one part of the world, can spread in a record time to many parts of the world,”saidDr Kazambu.
He called for the recognition of Government efforts, international organizations, and private institutions which are working hard to find solutions to the COVID-19 pandemic by putting in place control measures, manufacturing vaccines and drugs to reduce the spread of the disease across the world.
Recognizing the tireless participation of field epidemiologists trained through FETPs in several African countries in the fight against the pandemic, Dr Kazambu particularly appreciated the contribution of the Ghana FETP in the improvement of the health system in the country. “This effort is evident in the presentations made at the national scientific conferences in Ghana as well as at other conferences, the quality of the work is representative of the effort in the response to disease outbreaks.”
Present at the opening ceremony were the founders of the Ghana program who are also among the founders of AFENET, representatives of the University of Ghana which hosts this program, US Canters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), The Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA), The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), The Ghana Food and Drugs Authority (FDA), The Ghana FETP Alumni Association (FELANG) and Regional Disease Surveillance Systems Enhancement (REDISSE) among others.