Lagos trains 1000 health workers to ward off emerging infectious diseases

In a bid to brace up the state against emerging diseases, the Lagos State Government has trained 1000 health workers from public primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities at a two-day.

This is coming on the heels of a fresh breakout of the deadly Ebola Virus in Congo.
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves said the programme is geared towards enhancing the State’s preparedness and response in the prevention and control of the outbreak of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, Lassa Fever, Monkey Pox and other viral hemorrhagic diseases.

She noted that the training was also organised to improve competencies and relevance of staff, build a robust relationship between health workers and clients as well as maintain a high level of professionalism in health service delivery, adding that topics on healthcare workers’ attitude, communication and coping with stress were treated.

In her words: “The Y2019 State Continuing Medical Education Programme themed – “Improving Quality Healthcare” was organised for health workers to boost their capacity and enhance effective service delivery in the health sector”.

“The theme was carefully selected to set a landmark in providing quality health to the citizenry and I am particularly enthusiastic about the topics because there is need for all healthcare workers to be prepared for any emerging infectious diseases, have a positive attitude and mindset towards our clients and be well equipped to be productive in the face of daily stress”, the Permanent Secretary added.

She disclosed that the Ministry has slated various training, orientation and capacity building courses through continuing medical education, seminars and workshops for healthcare workers with the belief that constant development of the workforce will help meet the dynamic health needs of the State being a fast-growing city with over 22 million people.

Dr. Goncalves stated further that the government remains committed and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring best practices in health care delivery across the State. She added that the State government will not relent in putting in place structures and facilities to ensure an efficient health care system in Lagos.

“Lagos State Government remains committed and determined in ensuring best practice in health care delivery and will continue to insist that the environment for the dispensation of medical care should be suitable for the promotion and maintenance of good health”, she said.

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