NIH to train disease detectives

ISLAMABAD: National Institute of Health (NIH) has successfully launched the first short course for public health officials to transform them into disease detectives with the technical collaboration of Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Programme (FELTP).

More than 25 participants from different institutions of twin cities are participating in the Frontline FELTP courses.

NIH Executive Director Dr Aamer Ikram, addressing the participants, said, they were now linked to a global effort to ensure global health.

For the first time, nurses, surveillance officers were also involved alongside doctors for being trained to act as front-line force for disease surveillance and outbreak response in their respective institutions.

Dr Robert Fontaine from CDC Atlanta called it a major step towards strengthening disease surveillance capacity of Pakistan.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 31st, 2017.

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