Arunachal: holding of a training program in epidemiology for front-line public health professionals
ITANAGAR- National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), Department of Health and Family Welfare, in partnership with the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Indian office of the World Health Organization, offers three-month 3 × 3 basic epidemiology training. program for frontline public health professionals.
The training focuses on ‘learning by doing’ in the field. The course duration is three months with a contact session of three days per month for three consecutive months (hence the name 3X3). The training is a combination of lectures with practical exercises and two homework assignments. The missions are supported by a mentor and aim to improve knowledge. The mentors selected to guide the participants were from the TRIHMS School of Community Medicine and state public health specialists. The courses and the work focus on the basics of epidemiology; data quality and monitoring; outbreak investigation; and other topics related to field epidemiology
The training for Arunachal Pradesh was held October 27-29 in Naharlagun. Participants included district surveillance officers and epidemiologists from 13 districts: Anjaw, Changlang, Dibang Valley, East Siang, ICR, Lohit, Longding, Lower Dibang Valley, Namsai, Upper Subansiri, Siang, Tirap, Upper Siang.
The training was opened by Dr Sharat Chauhan, Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Arunachal Pradesh and Dr Sujeet Kumar Singh, Director of NCDC. Dr Sudhir Kumar Jain NCDC Advisor, Dr Himanshu Chauhan NPO-IDSP were other senior NCDC officials.
Other government officials invited to the training were the Director of Health Services, the Director of TRIHMS, the Director of Family Welfare, the Director of Medical Education and other senior officials of the Department of Health. . The training was carried out through the efforts of Dr L Jampa SSO-IDSP and his team.
The training program aims to build a skilled public health workforce ready to face health-related threats, both anticipated and unexpected. In addition, the training also focuses on building relationships between state public health personnel and faculty of medical schools, so that they can complement each other in various activities related to public health response. .