By Adama Tine
Thirty-eight health workers from different health facilities across the country on Friday completed a five-day training on emergency health care management, held at the Atlantic Hotel in Banjul.
The training was organized by the Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TiKA) in partnership with the Ministry of Health of Turkey and in collaboration with the Ministry of Health of the Gambia. The objective was to strengthen coordination and capacity building of health workers on emergency preparedness.
In his closing remarks, Mehmet Akif Eyigun, coordinator of TiKA Banjul office said during the five days training that participants learned various skills on emergency health care management. He called on participants to make best use of the knowledge and skills gathered during the training.
“We hope that the skills you acquired will be put into best practice,” Mehmet Akif Eyigun said. He also urged participants to share the skills and knowledge gained with their colleagues.
He stated that the cooperation between TiKA and the Gambia’s Ministry of Health is expected to grow further another projects was underway to build an oxygen plant in the Gambia. He said the oxygen plant if successfully built, will help address the oxygen challenges in the country.
Dr. Abubacarr Jagne, head of case management on Covid-19 thanked TiKA Banjul office for facilitating such a training for Gambian health workers, noting that there cannot be any meaningful development in the absence of good health care services.
He said emergency preparedness is like preparing for war, as you can only perform what you practiced. He tasked participants to make best use of the skills and knowledge gained as well as share it with their colleagues at their various work places.
Dr. Abdoulie Bah in his remarks on behalf of his fellow participants described the training as beneficial to health workers. “We have gained a lot of experience during our interaction with the trainers. We thank TiKA and the Ministry of Health of the Gambia for giving us the opportunity to take part in the training,” Dr. Bah said.
At the end of the training, certificates were given to participants for completing the training.