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

- From Habibu Umar Aminu, 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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