Friday, July 31, 2015

Ebola: German Envoy Tasks Nigeria On Training Of Health Workers Mr. Michael Zenner, the

Ambassador to Nigeria, has harped on the need
to provide basic and further training to health
workers in Nigeria in order to improve their
competence in the control of Ebola and other
highly contagious diseases.
Ambassador Zenner said that strengthening the
capacities of medical workers and volunteers
will go a long way in helping them carry out
their work effectively in the future and equally
enable them to make a difference in the fight
against communicable diseases.
The envoy added that to curb Ebola in the long
term and prevent a renewed outbreak, it is also
necessary to improve the local healthcare
systems and infrastructure in Nigeria, adding
that this is not only needed to control Ebola but
for all other highly contagious diseases.
Addressing journalists at the venue of the on-
going Training for Trainers Programme for
Nigerian medical personnel on the Management
of Highly Contagious Diseases in Abuja on
Thursday, he noted that with the outbreaks of
highly contagious diseases such as Cholera,
Measles or Lassa in Nigeria, the importance of
prompt and proper reaction cannot be
“The very successful containment of Ebola in
Nigeria has shown us that a fast and rigorous
intervention is absolutely necessary to keep
control over the situation. I will like to
congratulate Nigeria once again for this great
achievement in tackling this crisis”, he said.
The German Ambassador, however expressed
satisfaction that experienced organizations such
as the German Red Cross and the Nigerian Red
Cross are partnering to conduct the training for
Nigerian medical workers with a view to
strengthening the Nigerian health system and
support the regions affected by Ebola.
According to him, within this partnership, up to
200 medical assistants in Nigeria were to be
trained by the German Red Cross and their
partners in dealing with the Ebola epidemic.
Mr. Zenner further explained that when it
became clear in January 2014 that no additional
health personnel were needed in the Ebola
Treatment Centres abroad, the German Red
Cross reacted to the development and shifted its
focus of the training initiative to prepare
potential first responders to health emergencies
for their deployment within Nigeria and to also
fight other diseases as well.
He also noted that the fight against the Ebola
epidemic in West Africa has posed a dramatic
challenge for the international community,
adding that many countries offered to treat
infected patients in specialized hospitals and
that three patients were treated in Germany.
“The German Government has provided a total of
195 million euros to help in the fight against the
epidemic and this training is part of that
pledge”, he further disclosed.
Also speaking at the occasion, Prof. Abdusalami
Nacidi, the National Coordinator/Chief Executive
Officer (CEO)Nigeria Center for Disease Control
(NCDC), thanked the German Government and
other partners for supporting Nigeria in the fight
against Ebola and other communicable diseases.
Prof. Nacidi assured that the training will be
utilized to the maximum as those trained will go
over to the other zones of the country to impact
the knowledge, adding that the Nigerian health
sector look forward to partnering with other
German research centres and scientists to share
knowledge and experience.
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