WHO Trains 98 Health Directors, Officers On Emergency Coordination Response In Borno

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By; SADIQ ABUBAKAR, Maiduguri

World  Health Organization (WHO)  has organized a 5-day training workshop  on Emergency Coordination/Preparedness Response  for 98   Public Health Emergency  personnel drawn from the 27 local government areas, development partners and public health organizations of Borno State  at Pinnacle Luxury Hotel Banquet Hall Maiduguri  from  May 7 to 11, 2023.

The Borno State Commissioner for Health, Professor Mohammed Alhaji Arab who was ably represented by the  Director Public Health, Borno  State Ministry of Health,  Dr Goni Abba  in his opening speech, acknowledged the presence  of everyone in attendance and encouraged the participants to pay close attention throughout the training to build more capacity in managing  emergencies of public health incidents in the state. 

The Director, Public Health  charged the participants to be attentive throughout  the training and encouraged the  participants  to link up with  their colleagues who were yet  to  be present at the training workshop  after introduction  of  the facilitators  and participants.

According to him, the participants  were selected from the heirarchy  of Directors PHC,  LGCs PHC Survielance Notification

Officers  and Laboratory Technicians / Lab Technical Assistants.

The WHO Emergency Operation Center  (EOC)  Manager, Dr Simon Manuel on behalf of the North East Emergency Manager,  Dr Beatrice Muraguri appreciated  the state team and the National Center for Disease Control ( NCDC) team  for their continued support to the state.

She  also recognized  the efforts of the state team for their resilience in managing public health threats in the state, while advising  the participants to be committed and make good use of the training opportunity to refresh their knowledge on public health emergency management as well as to replicate the knowledge  at their  LGAs 

 Dr   Beatrice  acknowledged the support of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for their support in ensuring the objective of the training is achieved.

She further welcomed the participants on behalf of the Director General,  NCDC, Mrs Sylvia Ezenwa-Ahanene

 The  WHO North East Emergency Manager  also encouraged them to take advantage of the training and make  proper use of the  opportunity  to develop themselves for effective  emergency  coordination  response of outbreaks at the state and LGA levels.

According to her, the training is aimed at  achieving  and ensuring that  the  participants are able to demonstrate mastery of the PHEOC terminologies,  are  able to apply the PHEOC modes of operation appropriately and clearly understand IMS( incident management system)

Others include to ensure that the  participants are able to enumerate and explain response management principles used during an emergency response,  able to list and develop emergency management documents used during a response.

She however, said that the targeted  participants were drawn from local government disease, surveillance and notification officers, state surveillance officers, LGA DSNOs,  laboratory focal persons and directors of PHCs

While  three  persons per LGA  across the 27 LGAs,  10 persons from the state capital and 10 partner, totalling 98.

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