Training Final Year Graduating Students on Disease Detection, Prevention and Response

Thursday, 24 August 2017 - 12:00am
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Dr. Ongore facilitates one of the sessions during the training.

A needs assessment done by Kenya identified outbreak investigation and response as key training gaps in equipping students with skills important for infectious disease management. The establishment of the Zoonotic Disease Unit and partnership with multiple stakeholders signifies the emphasis the government is placing on equipping the workforce with these skills. With this in mind, curricular was revised to include One Health competencies as part of the veterinary and public health curricular.

The two sessions with the students from Veterinary, Medical and Nursing Schools held on the 22nd April and 13th May, 2017 aimed to impart knowledge on disease prevention, detection and response to disease outbreaks. These students who are currently in their final-year, did not have an opportunity to undergo this training since this is normally provided to first year students as per the newly revised curricular. Therefore, this was purposively the only avenue for the finalists to acquire this knowledge. The goal of the sessions was to impart knowledge on disease prevention, detection and response to outbreak simulations, role plays, group discussions, use of case studies and taking students through practical’s that impart hands-on skills in infectious disease prevention, detection and response. The specific objective of the activity was to equip final-year students with the requisite skills in disease prevention, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks.

Seventy four (74) students from Veterinary School, Medical School and Nursing School participated in the training.