Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje of Kano state has intensified the fight against COVID-19 pandemic in the state with the training of all health workers on infectious disease prevention, control and management.
247ureports.com reports that thee training which is being organized in collaboration with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) started with 350 health workers in its first batch.
During his visit at the training ground on Friday, Ganduje promised his commitment to ensure capacity building of health workers across the state.
Ganduje charged health workers to give attention to patients with other ailments, pointing out that even though the fight against COVID-19 os ongoing, patients of other diseases should be given adequate attention so as to stop unnecessary deaths in the state.
According to him, “this is another session where capacity building is being planned and executed to ensure that we have enough capacity to tackle any infectious disease that may invade our country (God forbid), not only Corona Virus.
“I urge the participants to go back to their respective areas and train other health workers in their domain.
“We are doing this so that there will be enough understanding on how to tackle COVID-19 and other infectious diseases.
“As part of your training, you should know how to manage patients suffering from Corona Virus. You should also know that not all patients who visit the hospitals are suffering from Corona Virus.
“We need to treat patients with other ailments or diseases. We need to give them attention even as we battle with COVID-19.”
Ganduje who urged the participants to be good ambassadors of the state, expressed gratitude to the management and staff of NCDC for collaborating with Kano state government to make the programme a reality.
Also speaking, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Aminu Ibrahim Tsanyawa thanked Ganduje for uncommon interest he is showing in the health sector.
He described the programme as a very important one, adding that, “the facilitators are from NCDC. Our trainers are from different areas of healthcare system.
“I appreciate Governor Ganduje for the concern he has for our health care workers. We also thank him fo ensuring the capacity building of our healthcare workers. We also thank him for providing Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for our healthcare workers.”
He stated that Kano state government is seriously working round the clock to ensure that the fight against COVID-19 in Kano is won.
In her brief remarks, the Chief Facilitator of the programme, Prof. Bola Olayinka, said the training will continue in batches till the end of the month.
She added that their mission was to train all health workers in the state so as to put in place, transmissional-based prevauyions, as well as administrative control.
Prof. Olayinka said that at the end of the day, the trainers will not only be provided with certificates, but with training materials to train other health workers.
She also cautioned people on personal hygiene and waste management as the best measures to avoid and prevent infectious diseases.