In continuation of his efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID19 among healthcare workers in Nasarawa State, the State’s Commissioner for Health, Pharmacist Ahmed Baba Yahaya has expressed the commitment and the readiness of the State Government in ensuring that their welfare and basic training on how to manage and treat confirmed cases of the virus within their communities.
The Commissioner stated this while opening a three-day training workshop on Case Management, Triage Team and infection, prevention and control on COVID19 to healthcare providers held at Adamu Adamu Multi purpose hall of Federal University, Lafia.
He urged healthcare providers to put heads together to fight the deadly scourge in the State.
He further explained that about 120 Health Care Workers were infected with the virus in the State, as such charged them to adhere to universal protocols on preventive measures to make them safe for effective and quality service delivery to the people.
He admonished the healthcare workers to sensitize their co-workers on the lessons learnt on Case Management/Treatment and to observed all preventive measures which includes, regular hands washing, using soap and running water, use alcohol-based sanitizer, face masks, personal protective equipment (PPE) before and after seeing the patient were among others.
According to him, Nasarawa State Government has put in place equipment to ensure the provision for adequate treatment of COVID19 patients as well as all necessary measures to protect the healthcare workers and other citizens from contracting the virus through creating public sensitization and awareness, training of different categories of healthcare workers, provision of personal protective equipment, hand sanitizers were among others.
He further maintained that the State is strategizing to control and willing to fight against the spread of the second wave of the dreaded pandemic which calls for the Case Management training of different categories of health care providers of Secondary Facilities in the State to ensure people that were infected receive treatment at their various communities without much delay.
Earlier in their separate remarks the Director Public Health and the Secretary of the State Task Force on COVID19 Dr. Ibrahim Adamu Alhassan and Chief Medical Director, Hospital Management Board Dr. Edego Agba employed the healthcare providers to adhere to universal precaution standard and protocols to make them safe so as to perform their duty optimally for the betterment of the in the midst of the second wave of COVID19 pandemic.
They maintained that the training was to provide the workers with knowledge and skills on how to manage and treat the cases of COVID19 and the protocol to be adopted while handling patients at their various facilities in the State.
The training featured demonstration on how treat and manage patient with COVID19 infection, use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), taking of samples, regular hand washing using running water and soap, use of alcohol-based sanitizer were among others basic skills of the training.
The training workshop on Case Management of Covid-19 drew participants from 17 General Hospitals of State to include Medical Superintenders, Nurses, Pharmacists, Medical Laboratory Science/ technicians, Triage Team, Infection Prevention and Control Focal Persons were among others.