Tuesday, September 28, 2021

COVID-19: U.S. trains Nigerian health workers on public health emergencies

The programme aims to strengthen Nigeria’s preparedness against further outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

• September 13, 2021
Coronavirus and Dr. Mary Adetinuke Boyd

The United States Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (US-CDC) has commenced training of Nigerian health workers on their preparedness against further outbreaks of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The programme, targeted at emergency managers, incident managers, state epidemiologists and other public health experts and stakeholders, kicked off on Monday and was announced in a press statement from the U.S. Consulate in Lagos.

Slated to last for two weeks, the programme seeks to strengthen Nigeria’s health sector on public health emergencies management.

“During the intensive program, participants will receive specialized training in crisis and emergency risk communication as well as public health emergency management functions and operations,” the statement said.

US-CDC Nigeria Country Director Mary Boyd said the training was “part of the U.S. government’s efforts to support pandemic preparedness globally.”

Ms Boyd said “the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic illustrates now more than ever the importance of ensuring the public health and health care systems, can adequately prevent, respond to, and recover from health emergencies, particularly those whose scale, timing, or unpredictability threatens to overwhelm routine capabilities.”

The programme is sponsored by the US-CDC in collaboration with the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) and Georgetown University. On completion of training, participants will be issued professional certification on Public Health Emergency Management.

More from Peoples Gazette

Russian President, Vladimir Putin and President Muhammadu Buhari

World

Russia seeks better trade relations with Nigeria

Mr Shaposhnikov put the trade between Nigeria and his country at $600 million and attributed the low trade volume to Russia’s non-purchase of Nigeria’s crude oil.

Sport

Nigeria wins hosting rights for 2022 Track Africa cycling championships

The Cycling Federation of Nigeria (CFN) has confirmed that Nigeria had won the bid to host the 2022 Track Africa cycling championship in Abuja.

Agriculture

Northern governors tell Buhari to act fast on livestock programme

Nigeria’s 19 northern governors have asked President Muhammadu Buhari to speed up the national livestock programme.

Health

COVID-19 Test: FG imposes travel ban on 2,000 Nigerians, foreigners

The Presidential Steering Committee(PSC) on COVID-19 has banned over 2,000 Nigerians and foreigners from travelling abroad and into the country.

World

Armed robbers who tracked, kidnapped bankers, arrested, jailed

A U.S. court has jailed three bank robbers Antonio Johnson 44, Travis Jackson 37, and Shalundra Johnson, for kidnapping and multiple bank robberies.

Showbiz

BBNaija: Emmanuel emerges head of house as Pere, Angel join other housemates

Emmanuel, Shine Ya Eye housemate of the TV reality show, Big Brother Naija, has emerged head of house for the final week.