Sixty-one residents have benefited from the second cluster training for Cohort XI residents of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP).
Hailing from the medical, laboratory and veterinary tracks, the residents took part in didactic lectures which were facilitated by lecturers drawn from the University of Ibadan and Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, the Nigeria Centers for Disease Control (NCDC) and the African Field Epidemiology Training Program (AFENET). Mentorship support was provided by staff of AFENET and NCDC during the training which took place from 23 September to 29 October 2020.
During the training, Dr. Chikwe Ihekweazu the Director General of the Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), expressed pride in the residents and commended them for their active participation in the COVID-19 response.
The training covered the following modules: Research Methodology, Advanced Epidemiology, Scientific Communication, Epidemiology of Priority Diseases formed the core of the courses taught during the cluster. Lectures were interlaced with numerous case studies and hands-on exercises.
Meanwhile, at the end of cluster one training which was held prior to cluster II, Cohort XI residents were enrolled into the NCDC COVID-19 Rapid Response Team (RRT) and deployed throughout the country. They currently serve in various capacities at the various points of entry, and with case management, surveillance, risk communication and contact tracing teams.
All precautions to keep the residents and lectures safe from COVID-19 were taken. This includes: COVID-19 tests prior to the cluster training, washing hands, wearing of face masks, and observing social distancing during the lectures.