Interdisciplinary Health Care Workers Educational Health Program on COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria Goals: To contribute to health care worker’s knowledge and skills in prevention, recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and overall care management

Submitted by sokee on Wed, 09/16/2020 - 12:29
 Interdisciplinary Health Care Workers Educational Health Program on COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria

Objectives:

  • To increase the knowledge of the epidemiology, virology, and clinical features of COVID-19, among 2285 frontline health care workers across 8 hospitals in 6 target states in Nigeria, through virtual learning, webinars and live educational streaming by end of June, 2020.

Expected Outcome: Increased knowledge of the epidemiology, virology and clinical features of COVID-19 among 2285 health care workers in Nigeria.

  • To develop a COVID-19 Self-Assessment Mobile IT App that will contribute to learning on preventing transmission in the clinic and in the community early detection/diagnosis and reporting on COVID-19 across Nigeria, by end of June 2020.

Expected Outcome: Improved healthcare worker’s knowledge on preventing COVID-19 transmission in the clinic and improved community response to COVID-19 pandemic in Nigeria.

  • To reach 2285 frontline health care workers with key messages and guidelines on the correct use and procedures of personal protective equipment (PPE) and for managing patients with COVID-19 at home and in the hospital, through virtual health education and printed guidelines by end of June 2020.

Expected Outcome: Increased knowledge on the correct use and procedures of personal protective equipment (PPE) and for managing patients with COVID-19 at home and in the hospital among health care workers in target states in Nigeria.

Target Hospitals that benefited from the project:

  1. Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital (ATBUTH), Bauchi, Bauchi State.
  2. Benue State University Teaching Hospital (BSUTH), Makurdi, Benue State.
  3. Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital, Lafia, Nasarawa state.
  4. Federal Teaching Hospital, Gombe, Gombe state.
  5. Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo, Taraba state
  6. Federal Medical Centre, Yola, Adamawa state
  7. Taraba State Specialist Hospital, Jalingo, Taraba state.

 

Executive Summary: Provide a brief summary of the entire trainings.

 

CFID applied for and received a grant award approval to implement an Interdisciplinary Health Care Workers Educational Program on COVID-19 Pandemic in Nigeria across seven (7) states and in 7 hospitals across Nigeria.

 

To ensure trainings were in line with best practices, CFID partnered with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) Local Field Personnel, COVID-19 Task Force in each state and hospital based COVID-19 Technical Committees. Managements of each hospital were contacted and approvals obtained for conduct of trainings.

 

The educational program adopted an Interdisciplinary approach by bringing together, clinical, non-clinical and auxiliary health care workers in all target hospitals. CFID used both virtual and physical meetings to achieve project objectives in all target hospitals.

An easy-to-use and easy-to-access mobile App was also developed and deployed to support patient education, awareness creation, and self-assessment for COVID-19 case definition.

 

Summary of Results Achieved:

In all target hospitals, a total of two thousand four hundred and eighty-one (2,481) health care workers were trained on the recognition, diagnosis, treatment, and overall care management of patients with COVID-19 in Nigeria, using the Interdisciplinary Health Care Workers approach

This number is above the projected number of 2,285 health care workers proposed in CFIDs submission to Pfizer Inc.

 

Methodology:

Trainings were conducted through both virtual, through Zoom online platform and physical meetings. However, social distancing measures were adhered to in all training locations.

CFID adapted the NCDC and CDC training guidelines and the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health guidelines in conducting the trainings.

 

Success Stories: Training of Health Care Workers from private hospitals and Public Health Personnel from Civil Society Organizations.

A quick situational analysis on COVID-19 care and management indicated serious knowledge gap, funding limitation, and low capacity to manage COVID-19 patients in 90% private hospitals/health care facilities in Nigeria. And recent reports indicated that privately run hospitals are accessed by about 40% of individuals, especially the high income population.

To address the knowledge gap among health care workers in the sector, CFID conducted similar HCWs educational trainings for a few selected hospitals in Taraba state.

In all target public health hospitals, CFID requested benefitting hospitals to invite selected private hospitals in their states to benefit from the trainings.

 

In Taraba, 45 additional health care professionals from 10 private hospitals and primary health care centres benefitted from a two days training.

 

An additional 25 persons were trained on COVID-19 disease surveillance and contact tracing to enhance the capacity of the state on contact tracing and reporting.

 

The CSOs training was conducted by the disease Surveillance Officers of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) IPC Specialists.

 

COVID-19 Mobile App: CFID Covid-19 app

CFID developed an easy-to-use and easy-to-access COVID-19 mobile application as a tool to assist Health Care Providers, Civil Society Organizations and key institutions to educate patients, caregivers and the public on the disease state, preventative measures, and emerging strategies for COVID-19 treatment. Other objectives of the tool include:

  1. To increase awareness on COVID-19 among the general public and health care workers
  2. To increase COVID-19 case detection through self-assessment

The application has been published on CFID’s website (we have submitted an application to Google Play Store for publication) for free download by the general public and the global community with the below inscription:

This mobile app is developed by CFID with support from Pfizer Inc. CFID (Center for Initiative and Development) is a Non-Governmental Organisation which is a patient driven NGO registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission, with its head office in Jalingo Taraba state, with field offices across 12 states in Nigeria. The objective of this application is for COVID-19 awareness and training on its spread, prevention and control and for daily statistics update of Covid-19 spread, infection, discharge and death in Nigeria as a whole and also showing same statistics for each state of the Federation.

 

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Above pictures are from Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University Teaching Hospital, Bauchi (ATBUTH)

 

Benue State University Teaching Hospital Pictures Below:

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Federal Teaching Hospital Gombe Below;GOMBE

 

 

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Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH) Below:

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Federal Medical Centre, Jalingo. FMCJ Below:

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Specialist Hospital, Jalingo Below:

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