From Ahmad Mohammed, Bauchi
Bauchi State Ministry of Health and the Guild of Medical Directors of Private Hospitals of Nigeria have on Tuesday organized a training to medical workers in the state as part of efforts to tackle the deadly coronavirus in Bauchi state.
Speaking at the opening ceremony held at Bauchi State College of Nursing, the state chairman of the Guild of Medical Directors of Private Hospitals of Nigeria, Dr Hassan Mohammed Garba explained that the training was aimed at educating the health workers on how to protect themselves and the members of the society from contracting the disease.
He said participants at the workshop were drawn from all private hospitals in the state adding that they would be trained on how to detect coronavirus patients at their hospitals so that they can refer them to appropriate facilities for care.
According to him, over 5, 000 doctors died of the disease globally hence the need to train health workers in the state to enable them win the battle.
“The diseases we know, we read them from our books for ages. The World Health Organization calls this one novel that is a new disease. But this COVID 19 we don’t have it in our books. So, we have to think out of the box as humans to survive it.
“This is the first time any state in this country has taken initiative to do this. In the North East, there are less than 1, 700 doctors. So that means we are already short. We are synergizing, the public and private sectors to maximally utilize what we have. If we don’t do that, we are going to lose this battle,” he stated.