1 The Yobe government in collaboration with the World Health Organisation (WHO) has organised a one-day training for community health workers on prevention of epidemics.
2 Dr Nuhu Ningi, the Coordinator, WHO Yobe Field Office disclosed this while addressing newsmen on Friday in Damaturu.
3 He said the purpose of the training was to empower the health workers who would educate community stakeholders on how to take informed decisions on the prevention of outbreaks.
4 Ningi said the decision for the training was as a result of suspected cholera outbreaks in some local government areas in the state.
5 He said the participants would reach out to health care givers and community members to give them right information on how those diseases occur and how to prevent them.
6 “We are actually talking about cholera now but we are taking this opportunity to also educate people on other diseases that pose public health threats.
7 “They include COVID-19, measles and monkeypox, among others, so that people become aware of the signs of these diseases.
8 “So that they can report quickly before they spread to other communities,” he said.
9 Also speaking, Mr Satami Hikama, Deputy Director, Family and Community Health Services, Yobe Primary Healthcare Management Board said the training became necessary due to reports of cholera cases in some communities in the state.
10 He said:”That is why the state and WHO deemed it fit to engage you to enlighten our communities on these priority diseases.
Hikama also said that there was the need to include maternal and child health issues.
12 “More especially the skilled birth attendance is very poor, contraception awareness is very poor, likewise ANC four visits are not encouraging,” he said.
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