The Lagos Business School is set to equip health workers in Nigeria with knowledge of the effective management of infectious diseases. According to the organisers, the aim is to train more health workers to be able to detect and manage infectious diseases in the country. Coordinator of the programme, Dr. Henrietta Onwuegbuzie, in a telephone interview, said about 200 health care workers, including doctors, nurses and other aid workers, are expected to attend.

She said the first phase of the training programme, a joint effort with the Lagos State Government and the Yale University in the United States, is billed to start inside at the LBS in Lagos on February 11. “Fortunately, Ebola has disappeared from Nigeria but it is just one of several infectious diseases we have had in the country. Right now, we are dealing with avian flu and there had been cholera and meningitis outbreak in the country. “ The aim is to ensure that we have knowledgeable workers in our hospitals. We would have been in trouble if Dr. Stella Adadevoh was not able to suspect the index case. Not only that, she knew what to do to isolate the patient. We want to have more Adadevohs in our hospitals,’’ she said.

Onwuegbuzie said three experts from the Yale University would join a team of local facilitators to train the participants. She added that while the short course is free for health care workers from public institutions, participants from the private hospitals will have to pay a nominal fee to cover cost of feeding, certificates and training materials. She said no one is immune to an outbreak of infectious diseases, adding also that medical authorities have agreed that the training will form a component of the Continuing Medical Examination for medical doctors.

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