The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in collaboration with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has trained 205 frontline health workers on Covid-19 case management to avert spread of the virus in the country.
The capacity building training is funded by the United Nations (UN) Basket Fund and designed to strengthen the capacity of health workers in tackling pervading cases of COVID-19 pandemic in their various health institutions.
The objectives of the training are to build the capacity of the health workers in the areas of handling and treatment of COVID-19 cases and to build their capacity on how to avoid and protect themselves and the rest of the community from contracting the virus.
Speaking to newsmen at the Classique Plus Event Palace, venue of the training in Katsina, the UNICEF Health Specialist in charge of Kano Field Office, Dr. Saudat Abdullahi Basheer, gave a breakdown of the series of trainings….55 frontline health workers were trained in Katsina and Jigawa States, while 95 were also trained in Kano State on “Precautionary measures to be adopted while treating COVID-19 cases”.
“The trainees were drawn from tertiary, secondary and private health institutions supporting COVID-19 outbreak response,” she added.
She also disclosed that arrangements had been concluded for virtual training for additional 1,454 tertiary health workers and 132 secondary health personnel across the 44 general hospitals in Kano State on Infections Prevention Control (IPC).
She called on health workers in the country to ensure effective communication with the NCDC and epidemiology centers in their respective states to enhance home-based care management for Covid-19 patients.