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COVID-19: 812 health works test positive – NCDC

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COVID-19: Over 800 health works test positive - NCDC

Since the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic in Nigeria, 812 healthcare workers had been infected with COVID-19 nationwide. The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control made known on Saturday and said that it had also begun an online course on Infection Prevention and Control of the virus.

NCDC said that the cause is available for all the citizens and anyone interested in knowing how to prevent the spread of the virus in the nation. Noting that the cause is targetted at health workers front liners but it will be beneficial if all and sundry keyed and learn too.

NCDC said the course was to reduce the risk of transmission of COVID-19 and other infectious diseases while administering healthcare in Nigeria.

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“As at June 2, about 812 health care workers have been infected in-country with over 230,000 infected globally. The national strategy in response to COVID-19 has been multifaceted. In the absence of a vaccine or cure, compliance with IPC measures remains one of the most effective interventions to control the ongoing outbreak”, the agency said.

“The NCDC has made efforts to rapidly strengthen the capacity of frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control wherever health care is provided. Since the first case in Nigeria was confirmed in February, NCDC has supported the training of about 17,436 health workers in IPC and works in collaboration with the Departments of Hospital Services and Food and Drugs of the Federal Ministry of Health.

“This is to ensure that health workers are provided with the required personal protective equipment to reduce the risk of health workers’ infection.

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“The online course is also designed to document vital information to monitor IPC compliance across health facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, both in public, private and faith-based facilities in Nigeria. Infection, prevention and control measures cut across all other components of the COVID-19 response in Nigeria. They are critical for strengthening national health security.”

NCDC further urged Nigerians to remain aware of the risks of COVID-19 and adhere to the preventive measures advised by the Presidential Task Force on COVID-19 and the Federal Ministry of Health.

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