MONITOR HEALTHCARE IN PARTNERSHIP WITH PHARMACCESS AND HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS’ ASSOCIATION OF NIGERIA (HCPAN) TRAINS HEALTHCARE PROVIDERS ON INFECTION PREVENTION AND CONTROL
The 17th of March, 2020 was another resourceful day as Monitor Healthcare Ltd (MHL) partnered with PharmAccess Foundation and the Healthcare Providers’ Association of Nigeria (HCPAN) to organize training on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) in Epidemics for healthcare providers in Nigeria.
The training which took place at STO Resource Training Centre had about 80 participants in attendance including the facilitators; Dr Femi Ogunremi (CEO Monitor Healthcare Ltd), Dr Ismail Abdu-Salaam (Director of epidemiology, Biosecurity and Global Health & incidence manager Emergency Operations Centre, Lagos State), Dr Bamidele Mutiu (Consultant microbiologist, director of Lagos State Biobank and IPC expert), Mrs Njide Ndili (Country director PharmAccess Country director), Dr Ibironke Dada (Program Director SafeCare), Dr Adeyeye Jimmy Arigbabuwo, (National president-HCPAN), the members of HCPAN (Healthcare Providers Association of Nigeria) and the PharmAccess team.
The objectives of the training were set to;
- To improve knowledge on Infection Prevention and Control in hospital and community settings
- To provide an update on Lagos State’s Response to Outbreaks and COVID-19 Pandemic
- To share Guidelines for Highly Infectious Diseases • COVID-19• Lassa Fever
- To equip healthcare providers with the skills of instituting an Infection and Prevention Control program in your facility
Dr Femi Ogunremi (CEO Monitor Healthcare Limited), speaking at the training addressed issues concerning Basic Infection Prevention and Control (IPC). He emphasized on chain-interactions that leads to the spread of infectious diseases in the hospital environment. He spoke emphatically on IPC Programme Guidelines and IPC standard which includes Education and training, surveillance & timely feedback, Multimodal Strategy, Monitoring auditing & feedback of healthcare practice, enabling environment for staff, bed occupancy and adequate workload and patient care activities.
He presented a short video that emphasized the need for implementing preventive measures, particularly in hospitals to stop the chain of transmission of infectious diseases. On this note, he explained
- The various types of infections
- Chain of infection that leads to the spread of infectious diseases in the hospital environment.
- WHO core components of Infection Prevention and Control
He also recommends strategies to break the chain of infection and implement monitoring, auditing and feedback of healthcare practice.
The participants were greatly impressed at the end of the training as it will help Healthcare providers with knowledge on Infection Prevention and Control in hospital and community settings, equip Healthcare providers with the skills needed to institute an Infection and Prevention Control program in their various facilities and also provide updates and necessary guidelines for Highly Infectious Diseases such as COVID-19 and Lassa fever.