The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is training health workers at the primary health level across the country.  The training is as a result of the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Nigeria.

Speaking to the participants at the virtual training, Nigeria’s Minister of Health, Dr. Osagie Ehanire, said that the country has in the last few days experienced an increase in the number of positive cases across the states, with worrying evidence of community transmission.

The Honourable minister of Health noted that the capability of Primary Health Care workers to engage the grassroots was essential to curbing polio, ebola and other diseases and would be needed to support the next phase of COVID-19. He said that the government was aware that Primary Health Care workers require additional skills and knowledge to adequately and effectively respond to COVID-19 outbreak.

Dr. Ehanire added that significant community transmission will be achieved, if the capacity of health workers across the country are strengthened.

According to the Executive Director of the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Dr. Faisal Shuaib, over Two Hundred Thousand Primary Health Care workers are being trained. Guidelines have been developed and sent to states to streamline COVID-19 efforts. He said that the National Primary Healthcare Development Agency is using the opportunity of the COVID-19 to pass correct information to the people.

He noted that the virtual training, which is the first of its kind, would enable Primary Health Care workers to be more proactive in the COVID-19 effort. The over two hundred Primary Healthcare workers were drawn from all over Nigeria.