The National, Tuesday November 5th, 2013
TWELVE health care workers from across the Lihir Islands have completed a two-week integrated management of childhood illnesses (IMCI) training programme.
The programme is designed to provide an insight into what and how to look for illness symptoms through a checklist.
Understanding symptoms specific to children and recommended treatments are essential to ensure proper care can be provided at the community level, the health workers were told.
The Lihir Islands community health programme (LICHP) in conjunction with the Lihir sub-district health office and the National Department of Health (NDoH) delivered the training.
The IMCI training was founded on the NDoH 10-step checklist for sick children.
This checklist is used as the standard for child health across Papua New Guinea.
It is designed to support health care workers to diagnose and treat diseases like malaria, diarrhoea, pneumonia and measles. It assists with the identification and treatment of malnourished children.
The training will be supported by a follow-up audit by the Health Department to ensure health workers are implementing the 10-step checklist across Lihir.