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NCDC, Africa CDC train health workers on disease prevention, control

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TO reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection among health workers, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), in collaboration with Africa Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, are conducting Infection Prevention and Control (lPC) training across Nigeria.

According to them, the ongoing training is critical to reducing the risks of COVID-19 transmission nationwide.

The Director-General, NCDC, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu, said the online training course highlights the role of healthcare workers in the delivery of public health and clinical services amid the pandemic.

He lamented that about 1,540 healthcare workers have been infected in Nigeria, just like other hundreds of thousands across the world.

He said: “Given the high susceptibility of healthcare workers to this virus, the safety of health workers has been at the forefront of Nigeria’s response strategy to COVID-19. NCDC has continued to train the critical mass of its health workforce across the country on the principles of Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) for COVID-19.”Ihekweazu also said NCDC has ensured country-wide distribution of necessary personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other medical consumables to health facilities in all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, to ensure the safety of healthcare workers and the public at large.

He added that NCDC has supported the training of over 17,000 health workers in IPC, and has established a network of IPC focal persons and experts nationwide.

”We have been deploying IPC experts as parts of our rapid response teams (RRTs), to support states’ response activities and strengthen the IPC capacity of state healthcare workers.

”These efforts have aided in the reduction of recently reported number of healthcare workers infection. Despite the constraints of COVID-19, the NCDC continues to find innovative ways to ensure healthcare workers at all levels have seamless access to IPC training, thereby bridging knowledge gaps and ultimately reducing COVID-19 related infection and death in health workers,” he said.


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