Government praised for training of health workers on COVID-19 containment


By Juliana Nwachukwu   :

Fegge (Onitsha South LGA), June 19, 2020 (MOI) Head, Department of Health, Onitsha South Local Government Area (LGA), Mrs Florence Ojukwu has hailed Anambra State Government for organising several trainings to improve skills of Health Workers on COVID-19 pandemic.

Mrs Ojukwu said the trainings were aimed at enlightening the health workers on how to take care of themselves and their patients in the face of Coronavirus pandemic attacks.

She made this remark during an interview with an Information Officer at Zik Avenue Primary School, Fegge, venue of the training.

The training, which she said was sponsored by National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, was a 4-day event that commenced June 16 to June 19.

“Use knowledge acquired wisely to attend to your patients.’’

Onitsha South LG Immunisation Officer, Mrs Caroline Ekweozor said that health workers in various health facilities in the area were involved in the training.

“It is expected that they put all Government guidelines into practice after the training.

“All the stakeholders from the 17 wards of the LG will also be trained; they are expected to take the information gathered to the grassroots.’’

Reproductive Health Supervisor, Onitsha South LGA, Mrs Ijeoma Onuora said the training was as an eye opener to the health workers because they were the first point of call for suspected cases of COVID-19 pandemic before diagnosis.

“It is very important to tell them what to do when they see a patient in their environment and how to handle them.’’

Mrs Onuora, who is also one of the facilitator, said that the workers were taught them the historical background of Coronavirus, mode of transmission and how to prevent it.

One of the health workers, Mrs Josephine Ezenyimulu said that she had learnt how to protect herself, when she would come face to face with a patient.

According to her, I now know how to handle clients to minimise transmission.

Another trainee, Mrs Amara Chikwenma from St. Paul’s Healthcare Centre, Odakpu advised her colleagues to be careful, especially in the maintenance of social distancing.

She urged them to create their own Personal Protective Equipment like gloves, face masks, protective gowns and not wait for Government because they would be the first point of call for any suspected Coronavirus case. (MOI)