The United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) has trained more than 205 health workers on how to effectively manage coronavirus cases in three northern states.
UNICEF’s Health Specialist, Dr Saudat Abdullahi-Basheer, announced this at end of a three-day training for frontline workers on Friday in Katsina.
Abdullahi-Basheer said that the training was conducted in collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and the Federal Ministry of Health.
She noted that 95 health workers were from Kano State, 55 health workers were from Jigawa State, while 55 workers were from Katsina State.
She said that the trainees were drawn from tertiary and secondary health facilities in those states.
She expatiated that the participants comprised medical doctors, nurses, laboratory scientists and ambulance drivers.
Abdullahi-Basheer said that the training was being funded by the UN Basket Funding.
The UNICEF health specialist said that the trainees were expected to retrain their colleagues and sensitise their communities to need for continued adherence to the COVID-19 guidelines.
“COVID-19 pandemic is still on; we have to continue to strengthen the capacity of health workers.
“We have seen what is happening in some European countries, as they are now experiencing the second wave of the virus.
“There is the possibility that it may come back here too.
“COVID-19 is a deadly disease; it attacks people of all age groups,’’ she said.