EXECUTIVE Secretary, Anambra State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ASPHCDA), Chioma Ezenyimulu has said that standard precautionary measures are consistent and effective in infection prevention and control.
“This is to protect healthcare workers, patients, clients and family from infectious pathogens and is routinely used when caring for all regardless of diagnosis.”
Dr Ezenyimulu said this at the Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and COVID-19 Case Management Training for directors of primary healthcare of local government health authorities in Awka.
The training’s objectives include understanding of IPC principles and practice and reducing healthcare associated infections (HAIs).
Others are building the confidence of healthcare workers in the management of infectious disease cases, understanding the epidemiology and case management of COVID-19 pandemic.
The executive secretary noted that in applying the standard precautionary measures, healthcare workers should ensure that patient’s understand why these practices were being undertaken to protect everyone from infection.
“We are working in synergy with the state COVID -19 Action Team and as such, there will be a step down training for officers-in-charge (OICs) and other healthcare workers in healthcare facilities,” Ezenyimulu said.
She said that health workers being at the frontlines have to be conscious of their safety and that wearing of facemasks was mandatory and should be worn throughout their shifts.
Managing Director, Anambra State Oxygen Production Plant, Dr Onyeka Ibezim said this was not government versus people or people versus government, but government plus people versus virus war.
“This war is real. So, we must always use our face masks, practice social distancing, preach hygiene and avoid over crowded places.
“I urge Ndi Anambra to embrace the situation, all health workers to accept the challenge and be prepared for whatever situation that may come up,” Dr Ibezim said.
He noted that the symptoms of COVID-19 is everything about malaria and other illnesses that now includes diarrhea, general body weakness and loss of appetite.
“This is the reason, trainings like this are necessary and should be done over and over to update and equip health workers with proper information.
“What we are trying to do now is to handle COVID-19 with our economic activities and it is time for every health worker to give their best to community and society at large,” he added.
Leader, Medical Women Association, Anambra State, Dr Chioma Ajator noted that with collective efforts, the battle against COVID-19 could also be won at the primary healthcare level.
She spoke against stigmatisation of victims as they could be our fathers, mothers, sisters or even the healthcare workers.
Dr Ajator, who presented a donation of 700 clothing face masks on behalf of the association, encouraged the health workers to carry out their duties knowing that they are protected.