The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, has started an online course on Infection Prevention and Control ,IPC, targeted at health care workers, to reduce the transmission of Covid-19 and other infections disease while administering health case in Nigeria. The course is also open to the general public.
The IPC training, developed by the Infection Prevention and Control Unit Centre with technical assistance from eHealth Africa, features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare.
The online course is also designed to document vital information to monitor IPC compliance across health facilities at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels, both in public, private and faith-based facilities in Nigeria. Infection prevention and control measures cuts across all other components of the COVID-19 response in Nigeria and is critical for strengthening national health security. A certificate of participation will also be awarded at the end of the course by the Centre.
As at July 3 2020, a total of 27,564 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 628 deaths have been recorded by NCDC, while about 812 health care workers have been infected in-country with over 230,000 infected globally.
The NCDC has supported the training of about 17,436 health workers in IPC and works in collaboration with the Departments of Hospital Services and Food and Drugs of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), to ensure that health workers are provided with the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of health workers’ infection.
Registration for the free online course on infection prevention and control can be done using the link here- https://elearning.ncdc.gov.ng/courses/infection-prevention-and- control-for-covid-19/.