THE Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has launched an online course on infection prevention and control (IPC) for health workers, to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infection transmission in healthcare setting.
On Sunday in Abuja, the Director-General of NCDC, Dr Chikwe Ihekweazu, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the course would be open to the public, especially healthcare workers with the aim at reducing the risk of transmission of COVID-19.
The DG said that the strategy in terms of response to COVID-19 had been multifaceted and that in the absence of a vaccine or cure, compliance with IPC measures remained part of the effective interventions to control the outbreak.
He disclosed that the NCDC had made efforts to rapidly strengthen the capacity of frontline healthcare workers in infection prevention and control, wherever health care was provided.
Said Ihekweazu: “Since the first case in Nigeria was confirmed in February, NCDC has supported the training of about 17,436 health workers in IPC.
“It has been working in collaboration with the departments of Hospital Services and Food and Drugs of the Federal Ministry of Health to ensure that health workers are provided with the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of infection among them.
“To ensure that IPC training, knowledge and information are easily accessible to those who need it, the Infection Prevention and Control Unit of the NCDC, with technical assistance from eHealth Africa, has developed a COVID-19 IPC online course.
“The course features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of PPE and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare.
“A certificate of participation will also be awarded at the end of the course by NCDC.”
The DG said that the online course was also designed to document vital information to monitor the IPC compliance across health facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels in public, private and faith-based facilities in the country.
“Registration for the free online course on IPC can be done through: https://elearning.ncdc.gov.ng/courses/infection-prevention-and-control-for-covid-19/. (NAN).