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COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control Training For Tertiary, Secondary, and Primary Health Facilities In Kebbi State, Nigeria. 

As Nigeria moved deeper into community transmission and with the rising cases of healthcare worker infection, it became obvious that gaps exist in IPC implementation at health facilities across the country. The IPC Unit of the Nigeria Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (NCDC) has articulated the establishment of IPC programs manned by competent human resources as one of the key interventions for the COVID-19 IPC response. To achieve this, training was arranged for IPC focal persons from 60 different facilities in Kebbi state.

The training was held in 2 batches with 30 participants in each batch making a total of 60 healthcare workers trained on infection prevention and control of COVID-19. The participants who include: Nurse (20); Medical Doctor (23); Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers (DSNO) (12); Dentist (1); Community health extension worker (CHEW) (1); and unknown (3) from the different health facilities across local government areas of Katsina.

The objective of the training was to build the capacity of participants on the implementation of IPC programs and training them on basic IPC knowledge necessary for control of COVID-19 and equip them to step down the training to all health facilities within their states. At the end of the training, participants were expected to have acquired both theoretical and practical knowledge on the basics of COVID-19, national response strategy, disease transmission, infection prevention, and control, donning and doffing of PPEs and waste management among others. 

The training was facilitated by Professor Adebola Olayinka (WHO), Dr. Zainab Bukar-Goni (NCDC), Dr. Tuko Moses (State IPC lead), Dr. Mark Anthony (Kaduna State IPC Lead), and Dr. Ahmad Suleiman Idris (NFELTP Resident).