The NCD Prevention and Control Program supported by the World Diabetes Foundation, has during a three Day training, sharpened the capacity of over 22 Diabetes Educators of the CBC Health Services from the 16th to the 18th of May 2019. The purpose of this refresher training was to strengthen skills of the Diabetic Educators to better serve patients, in monitoring their condition and providing care.
Over 22 participants from Bafoussam, Yaounde, Douala, Banyo, Kumba, Mutengene, Banso, Mbingo, attended the workshop that held at the conference hall of the CBC Health Services resource center Mvan, Yaounde. Head of the Out Patient Department and Diabetes Services of Mboppi Baptist Hospital, Dr. Akumbom Caroline and Assistant Clinical Adviser Dr. Epie Njume were the main facilitators supported by the Program manager of the Non Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program, Ferdinant Mbiydzenyuy.
Participants began by writing a pretest to assess their knowledge on the aspects that needed to be strengthened. Dr. Akumbom Caroline and Dr. Epie Njume schooled participants on the overview pathophysiology, agenda setting, review of diabetes educative charts, lifestyle management options, medications, client centered counseling, diabetes complications, foot care, peer-to-peer educators, follow-up communication, lifestyle and goals. Mr. Mbiydzenyuy on his part, facilitated on Health Communication aspects and coordinated the training to move on smoothly. Group work, individual work, role plays and examples accompanied each lesson to better elucidate the concepts. Participants opted to demonstrate a role play of all what they had learned at the end of the training.
Closing the three-day workshop, the CBCHS Director, Proff. Tih Pius Mufih while thanking World Diabetes Foundation, congratulated the facilitators for a job well done and called on the diabetes educators to be actively involved in the discussions and make suggestions that can improve services to persons living with NCDs and improving their care. He was introduced in style during the training to the participants who were very happy to see him present to encourage and cheer them up.