NOVEMBER 25, 2014 By Victoria Saffa
Civil Society Implementing Partners (IPs) of ENCISS – Enhancing the Interface between Civil Society and Non-State Actors – have concluded a four-day training for over 100 contact tracers in the Western Rural and Urban districts.
The trainings were held at Jabex Complex in Waterloo and St. Anthony’s Hall on Syke Street, Freetown, respectively. In attendance were staff of ENCISS and the IPs executive, while support came from the Department for International Development (DfID), through ENCISS.
Making a statement during the trainings, IPs chairman, Alfred Alex Jatta Dumbuya, said the sessions were significant because the fight against the Ebola outbreak requires surveillance, which makes the role of contact tracers key to containing the disease.
He added that the trainings were not only for contact tracers but also for military and police officers, traditional leaders, council representatives, and social welfare workers, with the sessions conducted by a senior surveillance officer from the Ministry of Health and Sanitation.
He said contact tracers need skills, knowledge and the necessary equipment to do their work and to prevent themselves from being infected with the disease.
He said his executive is focused on promoting accountability and dialogue in service delivery, to help the government in the fight against the deadly outbreak.
Also, ENCISS Program Officer for Western Region, Inatorma Coomber, said that the training of contact tracers, through their Ebola response project, would help participants know about the dangers of the disease, vowing not to relax until the virus is defeated.
She explained that ENCISS is focused on strengthening relationship between civil society and the state to have a civil society who can explain citizens’ demands and an effective state that is responsive and accountable to its citizens.
One of the participants, Lieutenant Michael Mansaray, praised the ENCISS IPs for their effort in organising such an educative training for them.
He said that with the help of the training, he would deliver the right message to his community.