Covid-19: NPHCDA trains 220,000 officers on pandemic preparedness, response – Dr. Shuaib




NPHCDA Boss, Dr. Faisal Shuaib

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau

Determined to curb further spread of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic in Nigeria, the management of National Primary Healthcare Development Agency (NPHCDA) has trained no fewer than 220, 000 healthcare officers at national, sub-national and community levels on pandemic preparedness and response.

NPHCDA Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, who disclosed this in Abuja ďuring the week revealed that the officers trained by the agency were drawn from the National, States, LGAs and Wards across Nigeria.

According to him, NPHCDA collaborated with the following:

▪State teams

▪Partners

▪Professional bodies

▪State officers

▪LGA officers

▪Healthcare workers

▪Community Resource groups

▪Community influencers.

Dr. Shuaib stated that, “the NPHCDA rolled out initiatives to support the operationalization of the planned objectives during the Covid-19 pandemic.

The agency set up the Command Centre at National and State levels to work in collaboration with National Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, and other partner agencies to manage and respond to the pandemic.

“The agency facilitated training of over 220,000 healthcare workers and community volunteers at National and sub-national levels on best practices during routine operations and service delivery.

“The NPHCDA supported the procurement and distribution of Personal Protective Equipment, PPE to healthcare workers to ensure their safety during the training and immediate routine operations and service delivery Initiatives.

“NPHCDA working with the development partners will be rolling innovative strategies and plans to continue to optimize PHC services during the Covid-19 pandemic”, the NPHCDA boss assured.

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