COVID-19: Kano Govt. trains health workers on protection

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Kano State Government says it has embarked on the training of health workers on proper use of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to enhance management of coronavirus (COVID -19) pandemic in the state.

Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje stated this at the inauguration of the training exercise on Thursday in Kano.

Ganduje said that the exercise was designed to expose front line health workers such as doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians to the use of PPE as well as safety and precautionary tips.

“They are being trained on the use of PPE so that they can protect themselves and also teach others how to protect themselves,” he said.‎

Ganduje disclosed that the trainees would be posted to the three mega isolation centres to carter for the over 2,000 Almajiri (Islamic school pupils), currently ‎quarantined at the facilities.

According to him, the three mega centres are located in Kiru, Karaye and Gabasawa Local Government Areas.‎

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that over 2, 000 Almajiri children were evacuated and transported to Kano from other states in past weeks.

‎Ganduje said the state government accorded special attention to the safety and well being of the evacuated Almajiri pupils by constituting a special response team, to examine and protect them during the COVID-19 pandemic.

He said that those among the Almajiri pupils found to be negative would be returned to their parents while those who tested positive would be retained, isolated and treated.

The governor added that the evacuated Almajiri pupils would be enrolled and integrated into formal school system as part of the education for all programme.

Ganduje also thanked the Federal Government for the timely intervention in the state.

Also speaking, the state Commissioner for Health, Dr Aminu Tsanyawa, said that the state had so far trained over 650 health workers on various capacities.‎

“The state government in collaboration with partners, has trained many health personnel in the management of COVID-19 in the state,” he said.

He said that such training exercise would facilitate deployment of qualified health personnel for effective management of isolation facilities in the state. (NAN)

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