GBARNGA, LIBERIA – Over 41 participants from three counties in the central region of Liberia – Bong, Lofa and Nimba – have benefited from a three-day tuberculosis (TB) and leprosy control and prevention training in Gbarnga, the capital of Bong County.
Making the disclosure in Bong County recently, the National Coordinator of the TB and Leprosy Control Program, Mr. Benjamin Kwenah, said the mentorship training was an eye-opener for participants to be well equipped to identify patients and send them to the appropriate health facility.
According to Mr. Kwenah, the training was a TB systematic screening initiative that benefited the 42 participants, adding that eleven participants were drawn from Lofa and Bong each while twenty were recruited from Nimba County.
The National Coordinator maintained that the program is responsible for controlling, treating and preventing the disease.
“This training is also ongoing in Margibi, Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties,” he said.
At the same time, Kwenah said that patients who will be diagnosed in communities will be put on treatment in order to curtail the spread of the diseases.
Meanwhile, Mr. Kwenah has said that the program expects that following the training, participants from the three counties will be adequately equipped with the knowledge and skills to identify people with the conditions and refer them to the hospital.
TB is a potentially serious infectious bacteria disease that mainly affects the lungs.
The disease is partly preventable by vaccine and can be spread by airborne droplets.
The disease also requires a medical diagnosis in medium-term and can be resolved within months. LINA