WHO trains caregivers on covid-19

Monday, March 23, 2020

World Health Organisation (WHO) and the Ministry of Health on Friday trained caregivers on covid-19.  The training brought together security personnel, health care officials from both private and public facilities.

The training was aimed at training a multidisciplinary team of health care providers who will be involved in the identification and management of covid-19 patients.

The expected outcome of the training is to ensure that participants are able to describe how covid-19 is transmitted, screen and trace cases of covid-19, described sample collection and testing available for covid-19, treat confirmed cases of covid-19, apply key principles of basic hygiene while working with covid-19 patients. They are also trained to describe the principles of home care for mild covid-19 patients, utilize appropriate risk communication strategies, identify a case of covid-19 if  present to a health facility, precaution health care workers should take to isolate a patient, treatment classifications and management, infection preparedness, protective measures as well as proper hand washing.    

Dr. Sharmila Jah, at Disease Prevention and Control, WHO Country Office The Gambia, said the training was extremely useful because they are trying to build a very strong multidisciplinary team.

She pointed out that the menace of covid-19 cannot just be done by a nurse or doctor but by a team of caregivers, noting that this was why participants will go back to their respective institutions and conduct step down trainings for staff members of their institutions.

Gambia’s Health Minister Dr. Ahmadou Lamin Samateh last Tuesday confirmed the country’s first covid-19 case in a televised statement. Dr. Jah reiterated the training is even more important because of the confirmed case.

She observed that new things are also coming up every day. She added that WHO is closely working with the Ministry of Health at all levels and is committed to supporting government to contain the outbreak and not allow it to spread. 

Dr. Mustapha Bittaye, acting director of Health, described the training as significant, noting that the virus needs a lot of refresher training as managing cases requires chain work.

He explained that if someone in the chain is not very strong in infection control, it might cause a problem.

He commended government for committing 500 million dalasis towards covid-19.

According to him, the World Bank and many other donors including Gambians have shown interest in ensuring we curb the virus in the country and therefore thanked them.

In conclusion he appealed for the cooperation of covid-19 suspects.

Author: Cherno Omar Bobb