Accra Technical University holds malaria diagnosis workshop

Accra 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.

Source: Ghana News Agency