The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has launched a course on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) to support its fight against the Coronavirus and other infectious diseases. It is available to the general public but targeted at health care providers.
According to the latest report by NCDC as at 07 July 2020, a total of 29,789 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 12,108 discharged and 669 deaths have been recorded. Additionally, as at 02 June 2020, about 812 health care workers have been infected in-country with over 230,000 infected globally.
The NCDC stated that compliance with IPC measures remains one of the most effective interventions to control the ongoing outbreak. Since the first case in Nigeria was confirmed in February, NCDC has supported the training of about 17,436 health workers in IPC and works in collaboration with the Departments of Hospital Services and Food and Drugs of the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH), to ensure that health workers are provided with the required personal protective equipment (PPE) to reduce the risk of health workers’ infection.
NCDC Free Online Course Modules
The course features modules on standard and transmission-based precautions, use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and other essential aspects of infection control in healthcare.
Registration for the online course on infection prevention and control is free and the public can register here. Also, a certificate of participation is awarded at the end of the course. Some of the free online courses:
- Infection, Prevention and Control for COVID-19
- Differential Diagnosis, Specimen Collection and Diagnostic Tests
- Pandemic Preparedness and Ethical Considerations
- Managing COVID-19 Contacts: Role of Contact Tracers
- Oxygen Therapy for patients with SARI
- Triage and Early Recognition of Patients with SARI
- Best practices to prevent complications in SARI
NCDC is the country’s national public health institute, with the mandate to lead the preparedness, detection and response to infectious disease outbreaks and public health emergencies.
Please visit the official website for real-time updates and guidelines on the COVID-19 outbreak.