NGO To Train 400 Taraba Health Workers To Counter Hepatitis, HIV

By Ikenga Chronicles January 16, 2017

NGO To Train 400 Taraba Health Workers To Counter Hepatitis, HIV

— Callistus Agwaza, Jalingo

The Centre for Initiative and Development (CFID) in Taraba on Monday commenced training of 400 healthcare workers on injection safety to tackle the spread of HIV and viral Hepatitis in the state.

Mr. Danjuma Adda, the CFID’s Chief Executive Officer(CEO ), disclosed this in Jalingo at the training of trainers workshop with the theme : “HIV /AIDS and Hepatitis Awareness and Education through Injection Safety Campaigns”.

According to him, the beneficiaries of the training are drawn from six Council Areas of the state including Sardauna, Kurmi, Takum, Wukari, Ardo-Kola and Zing.

He said after the training, the beneficiaries were expected to step down what they learnt to no fewer than 15,000 community members in their Council Areas. Adda said under the programme, 300 persons would benefit from free Hepatitis and HIV screening while 200 persons would be administered free vaccines for the diseases in the Council Areas.

He said the CFID , the State Ministry of Health and the State Primary Health Care Development Agency would supervise the implementation of the project. The CEO noted that unsafe handling of syringes and needles had always put health care workers at risk of contracting the diseases and spreading same to their patients.

Adda said poor healthcare waste management systems and apathy in the use of hand gloves among healthcare workers were partly responsible for the spread of the diseases.

He said the NGO’s objective was to reduce the high rate of transmission of the blood borne pathogens among health workers and enhance capacity of the health workers on health waste management.

Earlier, the state Commissioner of Health, Dr. Innocent Vakkai, noted that the abuse of injections had contributed a lot in the spread of the infectious diseases .

He suggested that injections should be used only when patients could not swallow tablets or when they were in critical conditions. Represented by the Director, Public Health of the Ministry, Dr. Ebenezer Akpaki, Vakkai said the Ministry would support organisations that were working for a reduction in the spread of the diseases.

Dr. Obanus Ezekeil, Director, Planning ,Research and Statistics in the state Primary Health Care Development Agency, advised the public to stop visiting herbalist for the cure of Hepatitis and HIV. He warned that , like HIV, Hepatitis could be spread by “ playing with blood” and unsterilized sharp objects.

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