TWELVE health workers in the Hidden Valley Gold Mine and Wafi-Golpu project area in Morobe Province have trained to identify patients with tuberculosis (TB) and learned how to manage and treat them.

World Vision TB coordinators Tresa Nahuet and Helem Waenesai and disease control coordinator for Lae District, Siling Awasa, conducted the week-long clinician’s training on TB management

Trainees included four Community Health Workers (CHW) manning rural aid posts in the project areas and eight Morobe Mining medical staff, Morobe Mining Joint Venture (MMJV) said.

Participants went through the standard World Health Organisation (WHO) TB management modules that covered general introduction, case detection, treatment, communicating with TB patients, management of drugs and they visited Bulolo hospital, the company said.

“Morobe Mining initiated the clinician’s training to up skill staff and CHWs to successfully manage and identify TB,” Ms Nahuet said.

“The field trip to Bulolo Hospital is to establish partnership between government and private firm Private Public Practice so they know who is on the ground so they can easily refer their patients to them,” she said.

Ms Awasa stressed the importance of partnerships between government and private sectors in curbing the spread of TB.

“Partners like Morobe Mining coming on board, we see this as a very a big opportunity for us as government in trying to control TB.

The geography makes it hard for us with the limited resources we have,” Ms Awasa said.

MMJV chief executive Greg Jackson congratulated the participants and said the company was prepared to do the best thing for its employees and its people.

“We’ve got more work to do so this has been driven by the energy from the people who have to do the work,” he said.

Faciltators will help participants manage TB patients after the training, MMJV said.