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22.02.2007 Health

Health officers urged to help track down diseases


A public health specialist, Professor S.O Sackey, has called on medical officers to daily track down trends of reported cases so that likely disease outbreaks are contained before they become major public health concerns.

He said it was by so doing that the nation could save resources usually used in containing epidemics when they could have been isolated and treated by means of effective early warning techniques.

Prof Sackey was speaking at a two-day workshop aimed at equipping medical officers with latest techniques in disease surveillance and outbreak investigations response at Koforidua.

He appealed to health workers to re-orient themselves towards making disease prevention a mainstay of health delivery.

The Eastern Regional Director of Health Services, Dr Ebenezer Appiah-Denkyira, appealed to doctors not to dwell on the clinical aspect of health delivery but must devote time on the other aspects as well.