ANAMBRA State Government has held a one-day training of military and paramilitary officers in the state on COVID-19 Infection Prevention Control.
“The essence of the training for military and paramilitary in the state is for them to be knowledgeable about the pandemic.”
The state Commissioner for Health, Dr Vincent Okpala said this during COVID-19 IPC training at the Ministry in Awka.
He noted that the objectives of the training were for them to understand Infection Prevention Control (IPC) principles and practice.
Other objectives include building healthcare workers confidence in the management of infectious disease cases, understanding epidemiology of COVID-19 and reduction of healthcare associated infectious diseases.
“If we get our healthcare workers ready, then, we have more confidence in them.
“The facilitators are being trained by Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and World Health Organisation (WHO) and they are the people in the field.”
The commissioner praised government for a commitment toward ending COVID-19 in the state as well as making provisions for various trainings for health workers to combat the pandemic.
One of the facilitators and Director, Public Health, Dr Uchechukwu Onyejimbe x-rayed the basics of COVID-19 and viruses, as well as discussed community case definition of COVID-19.
State Epidemiologist, Dr Chijioke Obagha trained the participants on understanding disease transmission, using COVID-19 specific examples, introduction to IPC/Standard precautions, cleaning, laundry and healthcare waste management.
State Infection Prevention Control Focal Person, Dr Kenneth Nwokolo lectured on preparedness and response to COVID-19.
Participants were drawn from medical services of the Army, Police, DSS, Navy, FRSC, NDLEA, Correctional Services and the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.