Accra Technical University holds malaria diagnosis workshop


By Emmanuel Todd, GNA 

Accra, Dec. 14, GNA – The Accra Technical
University is organising a three-day Continuous Professional Development (CPD)
workshop in accurate malaria diagnosis to equip student and professionals in
Allied Health with new techniques.

The workshop is being organised in
partnership with the Allied Health Professions Council and participants include
200 students from the school of Allied Sciences and professionals in Allied
Health and stakeholders in the sector.

The event commenced on Dec 13 and would end
on Dec 15 in Accra.

Dr Benjamin Tetteh Mensah, Deputy Chief
Medical Laboratory Scientist, Korle Bu Teaching Hospital (KBTH), said the
diagnosis of the malaria parasite required various techniques and experience
because it had more than one structure.

He said many practitioners are familiar with
only one of such structures which made it difficult for them to detect the
existence of the parasite under the microscope adding that the workshop would
equip participants with the required skills to detect the existence of the
parasite in patients.

The Haematologist said this would aid in
proper treatment of people infected by malaria.

Dr Alice Mensah, Dean Faculty of Applied
Science, said between 2010 and 2016 research has shown that there has been a
decrease in malaria infections in the country and this is attributed to the
continuous diagnosis of malaria patients before treatment.

She said participants would be taken through
topics including Malaria Diagnosis: Challenges and Changes; Practical skills in
Blood Film Preparation; Practical skill in Malaria Qualification; and
Hands-on-Laboratory Practice.

She said Fellows from the Allied Health
Council would update participants on its activities, credential verification
and educate them about the profession.

Dr Henry Hackman, Convener of the event and
Head of Department, MLT Department, said the workshop would also earn
participant 6 CPT points which formed part of requirement for the renewal of
license to practice by professional.

Ruby Akosua Lodo, a participant, said she
was optimistic that at the end of the workshop she would be able to perfect her
ability to diagnose the parasite using new techniques and methodologies.



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