March 4, 2021
On the 3rd and 4th March, in collaboration with the Japan Alumni Association of Nigeria, a total of 29 Community Health Workers and Disease Surveillance Officers from the six area councils of Abuja including Kuje, Bwari, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Gwagalada, Abaji and Kwali took part in a capacity building training workshop on Infection, Prevention and control (IPC) amidst COVID-19 pandemic. This workshop was very timely in the wake of the global corona virus pandemic that has taken many lives. With the spread of cases, it is of great importance to continue to sensitize the public on this infection. The primary health care is an important pillar in the community health system and targeting its health workers is very effective in ensuring people are prepared to manage this health risk.
At the workshop, participants engaged in various topics including introduction and overview on the virus, IPC towards the virus, behavioral change, hand hygiene and waste segregation and management in health care facilities. Breakout practical sessions were also taken to demonstrate the effective management, sorting and storage of hospital waste and the correct methods on hand hygiene. A pre-test and post-test were carried out to evaluate the knowledge gained in the workshop before and after the training. At the end of the training, each area council received materials provided by JICA, including waste buckets, hand soaps, safety boxes, bin liners amongst others. These materials will be utilized by the councils in improving, creating better awareness and practicing safer hygiene methods within their respective primary health facilities.
Cross section of workshop organizers and JICA Nigeria team
Handover of safety items donated by JICA to FCT area councils
Hand hygiene practical demonstration