The Lagos State Government has trained no fewer than 1000 health workers from public primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities on emerging infectious diseases at a two-day Continuing Medical Education (CME) programme organised by the State Ministry of Health.

The programme, according to the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves is geared towards enhancing the State’s preparedness and response in the prevention and control of the outbreak of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, Lassa Fever, Monkey Pox and other viral hemorrhagic diseases.

She added that the training was also organised to improve competencies and relevance of staff, build a robust relationship between health workers and clients as well as maintain a high level of professionalism in health service delivery, stressing that topics on healthcare workers’ attitude, communication and coping with stress were treated.

She said: “The Y2019 State Continuing Medical Education Programme themed – “Improving Quality Healthcare” was organised for health workers to boost their capacity and enhance effective service delivery in the health sector”.

“The theme was carefully selected to set a landmark in providing quality health to the citizenry and I am particularly enthusiastic about the topics because there is need for all healthcare workers to be prepared for any emerging infectious diseases, have a positive attitude and mindset towards our clients and be well equipped to be productive in the face of daily stress”, the Permanent Secretary added.

While pointing out that the best dividend of democracy any government can offer its citizens is the provision of quality healthcare that is available, accessible and affordable, Goncalves noted, however, that a negative attitude of healthcare workers can make the delivery of quality, affordable and accessible health services a mirage irrespective of government’s efforts.

She disclosed that the Ministry has slated various training, orientation and capacity building courses through continuing medical education, seminars and workshops for healthcare workers with the belief that constant development of the workforce will help meet the dynamic health needs of the State being a fast-growing city with over 22 million people.

Dr. Goncalves stated further that the government remains committed and will leave no stone unturned in ensuring best practices in health care delivery across the State. She added that the State government will not relent in putting in place structures and facilities to ensure an efficient health care system in Lagos.

“Lagos State Government remains committed and determined in ensuring best practice in health care delivery and will continue to insist that the environment for the dispensation of medical care should be suitable for the promotion and maintenance of good health”, she said.

One of the Guest lecturers, Professor Akin Osibogun, who is a Professor of Public Health and Community Medicine at the College of Medicine, University of Lagos spoke on “Emerging Infectious Diseases: Role of Healthcare Workers in Prevention and Control” declared that health workers must ensure perpetual watchfulness over emerging diseases in order to prevent them from spreading”.

According to him, there are various strategies the country can put in place to prevent disease outbreaks, saying that “A robust health records system will enable us to watch the disease trends. We have vaccines against some diseases; so, for diseases of public interest, the government should fund the vaccination to prevent the spread of those diseases”.

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