Pune Knowledge Cluster Initiates Workshop to Train Health Workers in Disease Control

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Pune, 22nd February 2024: Health workers play a crucial role in the survey and control of insect-borne diseases, providing valuable insights to the health department for timely intervention. However, the traditional methods employed in these surveys have remained unchanged over time. To enhance the scientific accuracy of infectious disease surveys, health workers are undergoing training in modern survey techniques. This initiative aims to update and improve the methods used, ensuring a more effective and precise approach to disease control.

An empowering workshop has been initiated by the Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC), focusing on providing training to health workers in the Pune district on the survey of insect-borne diseases. The training encompasses various aspects, including disease identification, control measures, and raising awareness within the community. Participants in this workshop are equipped with scientific knowledge on recognizing disease symptoms, collecting blood samples, distributing medicines, identifying mosquito breeding sites, and monitoring epidemic control measures. This training aims to enhance the skills of health workers for a more effective and informed approach to combating insect-borne diseases.

The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) has previously provided this training to health workers of the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC). Given the consistent rise in dengue cases in Pune city in recent years, the training has specifically focused on preventing the spread of dengue. The staff is receiving guidance from State Entomologist Dr. Mahendra Jagtap, officials from the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), Health Department, and scientists from the National Institute of Virology (NIV). Additionally, experts from Yashwantrao Chavan Memorial (YCM) Hospital, Prayas, and the India Meteorological Department are actively involved in training the health workers. This comprehensive approach involves collaboration with various experts to equip health workers with the necessary knowledge and skills to address the growing challenge of dengue.

The Pune Knowledge Cluster (PKC) collaborated with District Winter Officer Dr. Suresh Dhekle to conduct a training program for health workers in the district. This training initiative covers 13 talukas in Pune district. Thus far, health workers from 11 talukas, including Haveli, Maval, Mulshi, Bhor, Velhe, Indapur, Baramati, Ambegaon, Junnar, Khed, and Purandar, have completed the training. The upcoming sessions will involve training health workers from Daund and Shirur talukas, and completing the training program for all 13 talukas in the district.