ITANAGAR, February 22: A ‘3×3 epidemiology workshop’ for DSOs and epidemiologists from all districts is underway in the capital.
The workshop, which will be held from February 17 to 23, is expected to build capacity to prevent, detect, investigate and respond to public health events and outbreaks.
Organized by the National Center for Disease Control (NCDC), in partnership with the US Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Indian Office of the World Health Organization (WHO), and with the support of the Office of Surveillance of the state, the workshop also aims to empower the state to effectively monitor, share and disseminate health information.
The current session is the second in the state. The first contact session was held from October 27 to 29, 2021.
For the workshop, the districts were divided into two groups of 13 districts each, the duration of the course being three months, including one contact session of three days per month, for three consecutive months (i.e. in 3×3 format).
The training program is a combination of lectures and “learning by doing” in the field. District teams are trained in public health surveillance system, including integrated health information platform, outbreak investigation, role of laboratories, scientific presentations and rapid response planning.
CDC Public Health Consultant Dr Sukarma Tanwar, NCDC Public Health Specialist Navin Verma, NCDC Co-Director Ramesh Chandra and NCDC Public Health Specialist Dr Ameya held the first session from February 17 to 19, with a team from SAFETYNET and VHS-CDC.
A special session on “Usefulness of Laboratory Component for Epidemics” was conducted by the NCDC Additional Director, Dr. Sunil Gupta.
The second session was held on February 21, during which State Surveillance Officer Dr. L Jampa presented the public health status update, while Dr. Dukam Taipodia gave a “past Covid-19 status update presentation”.
The first batch of Eastern Arunachal Pradesh districts have already completed their second contact session, and four of the districts (Lohit, Changlang, Lower Dibang Valley and Upper Siang) are representing the state at the 28th conference of the Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine. in Nagpur, which will be held from March 6 to 10.
Currently, the first contact session for the second group of western districts continues until February 23.