THE Enugu State Government has embarked on training its Primary Health Care (PHC) workers to earn more clinical knowledge of the coronavirus and the guidelines to respond to it at the grassroots.
Executive Secretary of the State Primary Healthcare Development Agency (ENS-PHCDA), Dr George Ugwu, in an address, Sunday, during a training for health workers in Enugu East and West senatorial districts, said frontline health workers at the community level, needed to easily define symptoms while responding to COVID-19.
He commended the state governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi for upgrading the knowledge of PHC workers while ensuring that PHC centres continue to function effectively in this lockdown, as he drives to keep the state safe from COVID-19.
In his address, he stated: “The disease has reached the level of community transmission, hence, there is a great need for PHC workers to go all out and act in terms of temporary isolation, contact tracing, case definition and self-protection of themselves as well as enlightenment of community dwellers on the virus.
“This is why the state government through the agency is investing in ongoing in-depth training of PHC workers at every level and position in order for them to be well equipped and prepared to play their part to arrest COVID-19 on time.
“The training will focus on COVID-19 case definition and symptoms in order for the PHC workers to have very clinically enlightened level of suspicion when a suspected case manifests; and quick isolation of such case in a temporary isolation facility.
“As the suspected case relaxes at the isolation room; the PHC worker makes quick referral by contacting disease surveillance officers or the state COVID-19 team that will pick-up the suspected case.”
Ugwu tasked medical personnel to adhere to the guidelines by the National Primary Healthcare Agency (NPHCDA) and health authorities on the treatment of a suspected COVID-19 case.
The Chairman of the ENS-PHCDA Board, Dr Chijioke Asogwa, charged the workers to engage in comprehensive COVID-19 sensitisation with community leaders, while reminding rural dwellers to wear face masks in public, improve personal hygiene, and maintain physical distancing.
A participant, Mrs Stella Ani, described the training as educating in her routine assignment and necessary, especially for healthcare personnel
taking care of health needs of residents at the rural areas.”