UK funds Ghana to train 32 border officers on public health emergency response

The United Kingdom has funded Ghana to train a total of thirty-two border officers on public health emergency response.

This forms part of the country’s measures to ensure public health safety through the safeguarding of borders.

The British High Commission in Accra funded the training workshop with a total of £35,350.00.

Trainees were drawn from the western, north-western, eastern, and north-eastern borders comprising mainly of port health officials and border officers from the Ghana Immigration Service and other agencies.

Program Manager for International Organisation for Migration (IOM-Ghana), Nnamdi Iwoura, stated that Points of Entry (POEs) play an essential role played by ensuring a coordinated national and global response to COVID 19 and other public health emergencies.

“POEs form a part of the front-line efforts to ensure infection prevention and control (IPC), disease surveillance, cross-border coordination, and the protection of vulnerable persons in mobility. These training of trainers’ workshops address identified gaps by ensuring border officials have increased capacity and operational guidance to achieve a coordinated response to health emergencies at Ghana’s land borders,” he said.

Justice and Home Affairs Advisor of the British High Commission, Ms. Kim Bridger revealed other rationales behind the training.

“The objective of this course is to help you to promote a coordinated response
to public health at the land borders. Our aim is to equip you with a clear understanding of standard operating procedures for how to screen for and refer suspected cases of coronavirus and other infectious diseases. This is essential to infection prevention and control, including your personal protection as officers on the front line,” she added.

It is worth noting that the first session of the training took on March 17 to 19, 2021.

The second session kicked started today at the Fiesta Royal Hotel, Dzowulu-Accra, and will end on March 24, 2021.

Click here for the full statement released by the British High Commission

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