NewsRelease: Over 100 health workers have been trained in the last three weeks. With the aim to rapidly increase trained healthcare workers in response to COVID-19 outbreak in the country.
These trainings are aimed to establish a surge capacity health workforce for COVID-19. Provide adequate knowledge on infection prevention and control. And contribute to building a resilient human resource capacity for emergency response country-wide.
South Sudan confirmed its first COVID-19 case on 5 April 2020. They have since recorded 231 cases and four deaths and four recoveries, reported to date.
“The training will build confidence for effective case management of COVID patients”, said Dr Olushayo Olu (WHO Representative for South Sudan). “Continuous learning should be part of health care workers approach as much is yet to be known about the virus”.
As part of the technical support for the COVID-19 response activities at national, subnational and community levels, WHO in collaboration with Ministry of Health and other partners are conducting regular trainings targeting frontline health care workers on this virus disease in the country.
Since the start of the preparedness and response activity. WHO and partners have conducted eight online interactive training sessions on COVID-19. Focusing on case management. also on IPC, contact tracing, rationale use of PPEs and waste management.
In addition. 119 health care workers were trained with hands on practical sessions at the Dr John Garang infectious diseases unit. The trained health workers will cascade the training to the states for effective COVID-19 case management.
The case management trainings are supported by WHO. And Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Together with UNICEF, ICAP, International Medical Corps and South Sudan Red Cross.
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