The Presidential Task Force (PTF) on COVID-19 has revealed that the COVID-19 infection rate among health workers reduced due to the ongoing training on infection prevention and control across the country.
Minister of Health, Osagie Ehanire who pointed this out on Monday during the national briefing, noted that Nigeria will continue to share and learn from the experience of other countries.
“Last Friday, the HMH received the Cuban Ambassador to Nigeria, Her Excellency, Clara Pulido Escandell who facilitated a virtual technical meeting between our two countries on our COVID-19 response. The meeting provided an opportunity for us to share ideas and learn from the Cuban successes in controlling the Pandemic in a convivial atmosphere.
“We shall continue to engage with friends and partners using the lessons learnt to improve our response thus building on the gains we have made in controlling the pandemic. Our response remains to build around our strategy of trace, test, isolate and treat.
“In this regard, training of health workers is ongoing across the country on infection prevention and control, contact tracing and case management. The result of this is that the rate of infection among health workers has reduced and more cases are being successfully treated and discharged,” he said.
According to the Minister, the COVID 19 pandemic has shown the value a well-coordinated multi-stakeholder approach can bring to improved health care and underscored the invaluable result of the partnership.
Ehanire further applauded traditional leaders for supporting issues related to the health of women, children and the vulnerable ones.
He said: “Earlier today, we launched the Nigeria Reproductive, Maternal, Newborn, Child, Adolescent and Elderly Health plus Nutrition (RMNCAEH+N) Multi-Stakeholder Partnership Coordination Platform to harness the relative strength of diverse stakeholders and create huge opportunities to leverage resources towards maximization of outcomes and attainment of shared vision for Nigerians. This is particularly important for the vulnerable population most of whom are women, children, adolescents and the elderly.
“We are delighted to note the commitment of our traditional leaders to issues concerning the health of our women, children and the vulnerable. This was again displayed today as our royal fathers from different parts of the country spoke with one voice in support of the RMNCAEH+N platform. I thank them immensely and we shall continue to count on their support.”