By; ALEX UANGBAOJE, Kaduna
Sixteen Primary Healthcare Centres PHCs in Kaduna North Local Government Area have received Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs), donated by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).
The PPEs which were presented on Wednesday, by the Programme Officer of Planned Parenthood Federation of Nigeria (PPFN), Amina Abdulraheem, was part of UNFPA’s COVID-19 response at the PHC level.
Items donated include; 6,700 Surgical Facemasks, 6,400 Examination Gloves, 4,800 Surgical Gloves, and 99 Goggles. Others are 420 Disinfectants, 420 Handwashing Soaps, 420 Hand Sanitizers and 16 cartons of Dignitary kits.
Grace Tuggah, the In-charge of Zakari Isa PHC, Magajin Gari, who spoke on behalf of the heads of the 16 PHCs, who received the itemß, said the items came at a time PPEs are in short supply.
She noted that the items will not only be of great benefit to staff of the PHCs, but also to the communities at large.
According to her, “most of the time the people in the communities would come to the PHC without facemask and if you ask them they will tell you they don’t have, but if we have, we can give them as soon as they come in before attending to them without asking too many questions.
“We thank UNFPA and their partners for donating these items which will go a long way in protecting us as we carryout our work.”
Earlier during the presentation, Amina, said the project is solely a UNFPA sponsored project, but her organization, PPFN was engaged to implement the distribution which is focused on 32 PHC facilities in Kaduna North and Chikun LGAs.
She disclosed that more PPEs are still being expected as the implementation of the project continue till the end of the second quarter of 2021.
“The project is looking at bridging the gap that COVID-19 created to make sure that essential services at still being maintained and inside that essential services family planning is number one, child care and immunization, making sure those services do not stop and they are still being provided within the highest quality of care standard.
“We are also looking at areas of Gender Based Violence (GBV), researches have shown that during the global pandemic in 2020, a lot of women and children went through Sexual and Gender Based Violence (SGBV) of different natures.
“So this project is actually looking at bridging that gap and identifying those kinds of survivals and making sure those services are still ongoing at the highest quality of care standard. That’s why PPFN is distributing the PPEs.” She explained.
She said under the project which started third quarter of 2020, capacity of healthcare workers, social workers and In-charges have been built on infection preventions protocol, and on Covid-19.
“Another aspect they have been trained is called “Triage”, this is for them to be able to screen the clients or a patient at the entrance before the person even enter the facility so that if there is suspected case the patient will quickly be put in temporary isolation.
“We realised that you can only get that at the secondary facilities, like general hospitals, but we now have triage in all 32 PHCs we are working on. After training the In-charges in February this year, they have now created a mini triage at the entrance of their facilities. Amina added.
Triage in healthcare delivery refers to the formal process of early assessment of patients in an emergency by a trained nurse or other health trained healthcare workers to ensure that they receive appropriate attention, in a suitable location, with the requisite degree of urgency.