Cross River State COVID-19 Response team working with the State Ministry of Health, has commenced the training of 400 hundred health workers and other auxiliary staff like sanitarians, ambulance drivers surveillance officers amongst others.
The programme which began with the training of the trainers for Infection Prevention and Control of the Corona Virus Global Pandemic, has continued to gain more volunteers and commendation for the state Government.
The training of trainers exercise which was held at the University of Calabar Teaching Hospital conference hall, will ensure that the State is up to date with its upgrade of its level of preparedness as we work to prevent the spread of the COVID-19.
It will be recalled that the Cross River State Government has been collaborating with the UCTH to train health workers at a small scale but now the state has decided to train in large scale.
As knowledge gained is never wasted, Dr. Betta Edu, the State Commissioner for Health, who is also the Cross River State COVID-19 Chairman, declared the training open on Friday, 8th May and reinstated the Government’s commitment to keep Cross River State COVID-19 free.
She said the state’s most important priority is to prevent the disease, adding that Cross Rivers state will continue to do everything within its might to improve the level of preparedness for the COVID -19 response in the state.
The action Commissioner reminded other participants that the state will be depending on them as trainers to equip others with the technical knowledge on how to handle the Infection Prevention and Control of this Virus.
Persons trained are expected to work at the three Isolation centers in the state with a 120 bed capacity put together.
“Am so pleased with the large turnout of skilled professional volunteers. We are indeed together on this” she said, thanking the management of UCTH for all the support.
The Chief Medical Director, University of Calabar Teaching Hospital, UCTH, Professor Ikpeme Ikpeme, represented By the CMAC commended the Governor Senator Ben Ayade and the Health Commissioner Dr Betta Edu for putting all efforts towards ensuring that the State continues to maintain her COVID-19 free status.
He commended Government for their support to the institution, noting that the training will go a long way to provide more skilled manpower for the response.
The trainings will be done with twenty persons per each batch simultaneously, at various venues in Calabar and Ogoja LGAs respectively.
Report and photos from Roselyn Ntekim