NCDC begins online COVID-19 training for health workers

The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control in partnership with eHealth Africa has launched an Infection Prevention and Control online course for health care workers.

Based on the information on the agency’s website, the aim is to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases across the country.

“To ensure that IPC training, knowledge and information is easily accessible to all who need it, the IPC Unit of the NCDC, with technical assistance from eHealth Africa, has developed a COVID-19 IPC online course.

“The course features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of personal protective equipment and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare.

“A certificate of participation will also be awarded at the end of the course by NCDC,” it stated

The agency noted that as of June 2, about 812 health care workers have been infected in-country with over 230,000 infected globally.

“The national strategy in response to COVID-19 has been multifaceted. In the absence of a vaccine or cure, compliance with IPC measures remains one of the most effective interventions to control the ongoing outbreak.

“The NCDC has made efforts to rapidly strengthen the capacity of frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control wherever health care is provided,” it stated.

The agency explained that since the index case, an Italian was confirmed in February, it has supported the training of about 17, 436 health workers in IPC and works in collaboration with the Departments of Hospital Services and Food and Drugs of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“This is to ensure that health workers are provided with the required personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of health workers’ infection.

“The online course is also designed to document vital information to monitor IPC compliance across health facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, both in public, private and faith-based facilities in Nigeria.

“Infection, prevention and control measures cut across all other components of the COVID-19 response in Nigeria. They are critical for strengthening national health security.”

While reiterating its commitment to protecting the health of Nigerians, NCDC urged everyone to remain aware of the risks posed by COVID-19 and adhere to the preventive measures specified by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Federal Ministry of Health.

9 thoughts on “NCDC begins online COVID-19 training for health workers

  1. wow..this is a nice start..more knowledge on tackling the virus would be made known which is nice

  2. I’m impressed with this new course. now the health workers would be better informed

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