More Service Providers trained as Educators to intensify Fight Against NCDs
The Non-Communicable Disease Prevention and Control Program (NCD-PCP) has equipped nurses from health centres and hospitals of the Cameroon Baptist Convention (CBC) Health Services with what it takes to screen for and detect the outset of most non-communicable diseases.
The learning occurred in a two-day refresher workshop at the Baptist Centre, Nkwen Bamenda. Some of the modules handled were; an overview of diabetes, assessing lifestyle risk, bahaviour change communication, lifestyle modification counseling, and the role of timely reporting of collected data.
Addressing participants at the workshop, Prof. Tih Pius Muffih called on the now turned NCDs Educators to acquire skills that will promote healthy living in the communities. “As a health organization, our goal is quality health care to all – of which health education plays a cardinal role – therefore as Educators acquire knowledge in this training to function optimally,” he said.
Takwe Boniface, Program Manager NCD-PCP said the workshop was informed by the global burden of NCDs – which accounts for 74% of all deaths globally. “Due to the burden of NCDs in our communities, we thought it wise to train educators who will raise awareness at the facility and community level,” he said.
According to the World Health Organization non-communicable diseases (NCDs) kill 41 million people each year, equivalent to 74% of all deaths globally. Deducing from that burden, a response to NCDs is more than ever urgent – certainly, the reason the CBC Health Services’ NCD-PCP is upping the game by training first-end responders in her facilities.
It’s worth stating that the NCD-PCP started in 2017. Since then, the program done a lot in influencing behaviour change on NCDs, though a lot still has to be done.