Epidemic preparedness and readiness is essential for every health facility and its personnel. This is a 12 weeks project designed to train community health workers on infection prevention and control in order to curb imminent community spread of COVID-19 in rural areas in Gombe state. The health workers will also be trained on how to locally make hand rubs for their facility consumption. In addition, we will support 114 PHC facilities with local hand washing stands to encourage hand hygiene.
Even though Nigeria Center for Disease Control and state are working hard to contain the community spread of COVID-19 but less attention is given to building the capacity of Health care personnel at the local level in terms training and equipping them with the required skills to cope with the impact of COVID-19 considering our weak health system. If the primary healthcare workers are left untrained, the imminent community spread of COVID-19 will be disastrous to our rural communities.
To address this gap, Rural Health Mission Nigeria designed this project to train primary healthcare workers on infection prevention and control using the latest WHO/CDC training manual. We will also train them on how to make hand rubs to sustain their consumables in case of scarcity. In addition, this project will also support participating PHC facilities with a locally made hand washing stand to encourage hygiene. We also hope to create wider awareness through distribution of flyers and banners
This training will build the capacity and confidence of 114 healthcare workers across 114 PHC in 11 local governments in Gombe state. The project intend to build infection prevention and control network for participants to interact among themselves via an online platform. In the long run, this will serve as a permanent access to professional resources to all participants for future use. The awareness materials will increase behaviour change toward hand hygiene and other public health measures.