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COVID-19: Health work­ers get case man­age­ment train­ing in Kano

- From Habibu Umar Aminu, Kano Health · Nigeria News · Public Health · Mental Health · Medicine · Society · Coronavirus (COVID-19) · Health Conditions · Infectious Diseases · Kano State · United Nations · UNICEF · U.S. Centers for Disease Control · Nigeria · Aminu Kano · Katsina State · Kano

The United Nations Chil­dren Fund (UNICEF), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Nige­ria Cen­tre for Dis­ease Con­trol (NCDC), has com­menced the train­ing of 40 front­line health work­ers from Kano State on COVID-19 case man­age­ment.

Speak­ing at the train­ing on Wed­nes­day, a doc­tor from Aminu Kano Teach­ing Hos­pi­tal, Dr Ra­malan Yusuf, said it was im­per­a­tive to check the spread of the virus and how best the health work­ers can man­age peo­ple who con­tracted the virus.

He said the front­line work­ers were most vul­ner­a­ble as such must be pro­tected with the vi­tal in­for­ma­tion to safe­guard them­selves and the pa­tients.

This train­ing, he said, shall guide the health work­ers on how to treat pa­tients at home, adding that most asymp­to­matic and mild cases could be treated at home to help man­age scarce re­sources at the hos­pi­tal.

"Even if pa­tients are treated at home, they are to be vis­ited by health of­fi­cials not that they left on their own fully," he ex­pa­ti­ated.

On the is­sue of coun­selling, Yusuf said health work­ers should carry along their pa­tients in the treat­ment pro­ce­dures as that will go a long way in ad­dress­ing men­tal ill­ness of the pa­tients.

In his re­marks, UNICEF com­mu­ni­ca­tion spe­cial­ist, Kano field of­fice, Sam Kaalu, said al­ready health work­ers from Ji­gawa State have been trained and soon Katsina State work­ers will also be trained.

He said the health work­ers were drawn from var­i­ous hos­pi­tals across the state.

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