By; MATTHEW UKACHUNWA , Lagos
Lagos State government has trained 1,000 health workers to enhance its preparedness and response in the process and control of the outbreak of emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.
The diseases in focus include Ebola, Lassa fever, Monkey pox and other viral hemorrhagic diseases.
The trainees at the two-day continuing medical education (CME) programme were drawn from public primary, secondary and tertiary health facilities.
According to the Permanent Secretary of Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves, the training was meant to also improve the conpetency and relevance of staff, build robust relationship between workers and clients as well as maintain high level of professionalism in healthcare delivery.
Topics on the attitude of healthcare workers, communication and coping with stress were treated at the event organized by Lagos State Ministry of Health.
Goncalves said, “The Y2019 State Continuing Medical Education programme with the theme: Improving Quality Healthcare was organized for health workers to boost their capacity and enhance effective healthcare sector.”
She stressed that the theme was carefully selected to set a landmark in providing quality healthcare services to the citizenry.
“I’m particularly enthusiastic about the topic because there is need for all healthcare workers to be prepared for any emerging infections diseases, have a positive attitude and mindset towards our clients and be well equipped to be productive in the face of daily stress,” Goncalves declared.
Provision of quality healthcare, the permanent secretary maintained, has to be available, accessible and affordable.
She pointed out that negative attitude of healthcare workers can make the delivery of quality, accessible and affordable health services a mirage irrespective of government efforts.