Training in “Infectious Disease Outbreak Investigation and Surveillance” is a key competency required for all practitioners of Public Health. The potential ability to engage fully in surveillance, mount an effective public health emergency response and undertake preparedness activities is important for international health security. This training programme was an effort by the Departments of Community Medicine, Public Health and Hospital Administration, Yenepoya Medical College, Yenepoya University, Mangaluru.The aim of this project was to enhance public health emergency preparedness and response skills using three interrelated components: enhancing knowledge; improving skills; and, building networks.
This 3-day intensive workshop on “Infectious Disease Outbreak Investigation and Surveillance” was conducted between 20th to 22nd September 2017 and was inaugurated by Dr. M. Vijaya Kumar, Honourable Vice Chancellor, Yenepoya University. The programme received a good response in terms of participation, a total of 46 postgraduate trainees and faculty of Community Medicine and Public Health from various Medical Colleges of Karnataka, Maharashtra and Kerala participated in the workshop. The sessions at the workshop were delivered by two eminent resource persons, Dr. Tarun Bhatnagar and Dr. Manickam Ponnaiah, both working as Scientist ‘E’ at the ICMR- National Institute of Epidemiology, Chennai. Dr. Abhay S Nirgude, Professor and Head, Department of Community Medicine and Dr. Siddharudha Shivalli, Associate Professor and In-Charge Head, Department of Public Health, Yenepoya Medical College.
The course was delivered using a variety of teaching and learning methods including lectures, interactive group work amongst participants, one-to-one discussions and self-directed study. The participants were trained about the salient principles of outbreak investigation and surveillance at the workshop. An outbreak simulation exercise was conducted to give the participants a practical experience in a virtual setting. Data entry and analysis using the Epi Info software was taught through a hands-on approach.
All the participants were actively involved in the sessions and gave a positive feedback at
the end of the programme.