FCTA drills healthcare workers on epidemic prone diseases

Hudu Yakubu, Abuja


As part of proactive measures to ensure effective and efficient health care delivery, the authority of the Nigerian Federal Capital Territory Administration (FCTA) has drilled front-line health workers on handling Lassa fever, Coronavirus and five other epidemic prone diseases.

Health workers drawn from the  six FCT Area Councils were refreshed and fortified with knowledge on identification and reporting of epidemic prone diseases in the Federal Capital.

Report states that the event was a one day residential training/sensitisation of FCT Area Council monitoring and evaluation, immunisation and surveillance officers on seven epidemic prone diseases.

In his keynote address, Acting Secretary, Health and Human Services Secretariat (HHSS), Alhaji Musa Abdulraheem, noted that the importance of the training/sensitisation the front line health workers were paramount as they are at risk of contracting these diseases.

Abdulraheem, who was represented by Director, special duties, HHSS, Dr. Matthew Ashikeni reiterated that the full commitment and total support for the Public Health Department and area councils was needed to not only ensure prevention of epidemic prone diseases but attain universal health coverage.

“Building the capacity and updating health care workers on the importance of disease surveillance, notification, efficient and prompt management of cases is the key to controlling these diseases.

“Sensitisation and awareness creation of the communities on these diseases is also crucial if we must achieve disease control and eradication, in order to maintain a healthy society free of infirmity.

“I highly commend and appreciate the Public Health Department for taking the lead in organising this training M&E officers, DSNOs, their assistants, the LIOs across the six Area Councils of FCT. 

He pledged the Health Secretariat’s unalloyed support towards ensuring a healthy FCT populace free of diseases and provision of universal health coverage to all and sundry.

Earlier in her welcome remarks, Director, Public Health Department of the FCTA, Dr. Josephine Okechukwu, said the Department considers the programme apt and necessary, in the wake of recent outbreak of epidemic prone diseases in the world.

She urged the participants to effectively utilise and step down the knowledge acquired to their colleagues and other stakeholders in different communities of the FCT.

Not left out, Director, Primary Healthcare, Bwari Area Council, Dr. Goji Sunday, who described the programme as apt, said it would go a long way in safeguarding and preventing healthcare providers from hazards in the line of duty.

According to him, the choice of front line health workers at the grassroots level for the programme was very laudable, as they are the most exposed stakeholders to epidemic prone diseases in the society.

The participants were engaged by knowledgeable resource persons on seven epidemic prone diseases; namely: Lassa Fever, Poliomyelitis and Acute flaccid paralysis surveillance, cerebrospinal meningitis, Cholera, coronavirus, yellow fever; and measles.

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