From Maduabuchi Nmeribeh, Kano
The Kano state government has begun the training of all health workers across the state on infectious disease prevention, control and management.
The training which is being organized in collaboration with the National Centre for Disease Control (NCDC), started with 350 health workers in its first batch.
The state governor, Abdullahi Ganduje who visited the venue of the training at Tahir Guest Palace on Friday, reiterated his commitment to ensure capacity building of health workers across the state.
He also charged health workers to give attention to patients with other ailments, pointing out that even though the fight against COVID-19 is 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 applauded Ganduje for 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.
Speaking, the Chief Facilitator of the programme, Prof. Bola Olayinka, said the training will continue in batches till the end of the month.
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 however, reiterated that personal hygiene and waste management as the best measures to avoid and prevent infectious diseases.