A total of 25 medical doctors have commenced training on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) on the fight against Covid-19 in Anambra state under the Nigerian Medical Association and sponsored by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The trainees, drawn from five zones of Awka, Onitsha, Nnewi, Aguata and Ihiala in the state, are expected to train no fewer than 125 other doctors in the state after the workshop.
Speaking during the training at the Golden Tulip hotel, Agulu, Aniocha Local Government Area of the state, State chairman, NMA, Dr. Jide Onyekwelu disclosed that the training was informed by the disturbing statistics of high infectious rates among frontline health workers.
He said although the body was yet to receive the statistics of doctors that had lost their lives as a result of the virus, but no fewer than 1,027 doctors had been exposed to the pandemic, while 319 cases had been confirmed, 63 recovered and 14 died across the country.
“The mission of NMA is to build a sustainable Professional association that will advance the delivery of qualitative healthcare services through continuing professional development, advocacy, knowledge management and public education in collaboration with other strategic partners.
“By the time we rise from this workshop, the trainers would have understood the basics of COVID-19, disease, epidemiology and transmission.
“They would have imbibed standard practice of IPC, with respect to COVID-19, mastered the use of PPE including downing and doffing, health care waste management, cleaning and decontamination.
The Commissioner for health, Dr. Vincent Okpala, while declaring the workshop open, regretted the nonchalant attitude of some health workers, particularly towards handwashing, urging for deliberately imbibing of the habit to avoid embarrassment from patients.
The head, Anambra Task Force on COVID-19 and other infectious diseases, Dr. Jane Ezeonu said the workshop was targeted at building the capacity of the doctors who would subsequently cascade the training in their various zones.