Program Manager of the National Leprosy and TB Control Program Dr. Catherine T. Cooper
“Revamp Health Sector,” Health Official Urges
By Calvin Brooks
MONROVIA, January 15 (LINA)- The Program Manager of the National Leprosy and TB Control Program has underscored the need to revamp the Liberian health sector to international standard.
Dr. Catherine T. Cooper observed that the Ebola outbreak exposed the lack of capacity plaguing the Liberian health sector, and stressed the need to provide the needed support to health facilities to enable them tackle infectious diseases like Ebola.
Dr. Cooper made the call Wednesday in an interview with the Liberia News Agency on the sidelines of a one-day refresher Infection Prevention Control (IPC) Package Seminar for more than 100 master trainers of health workers from both the public and private sectors under the Keep Safe, Keep Serving program
The seminar was held at the Chamber of Commerce in Monrovia, under the auspices of the Centers for Disease Control.
She noted that infection prevention control had not been prioritized in the past, noting that this caused serious challenges for the nation’s health sector during the peak of the Ebola outbreak in 2014.
Dr. Cooper disclosed that the master trainers were organized in September, 2014 to ensure that health workers are trained in infection prevention control and to follow all the necessary preventive measures when treating patients.
Dr. Cooper emphasized that the revamp of the health sector should consider the international standard of infection prevention control in health facilities across the country to adequately respond to any future infections.
It can be recalled that during the outbreak of the Ebola virus, an estimated 300 health workers contracted the virus, leading to the deaths of more than 100 of them due to lack of infection prevention control in the health system.