The U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) office in Liberia has disclosed plans to train 210 health personnel who will be deployed in the counties to detect disease outbreaks.
CDC/Liberia acting Country Director Brian Wheeler put the cost of the program at US$3 million, and hoped that this initiative will help to contain disease outbreaks in the country.
He made the disclosure Thursday at the Ministry of Information regular press conference held in the Charles Gbenyon Conference Hall at the ministry.
Wheeler noted that when the health workers detect a disease they will make a recommendation to the relevant authorities for appropriate action.
He said the program, which is expected to last for two years, will target county health officers and other health personnel who will be deployed immediately following the training.
According to him, similar initiatives were launched in Nigeria in 2005 and helped immensely to fight polio and other preventable diseases in that country.
Wheeler assured Liberians that this initiative will also help immensely in fighting and containing any disease outbreak in the country.