ABUJA – The FCT Primary Health Care Development Board has trained no fewer than 50 health care workers from the Primary Healthcare Centres in Abuja on Ebola outbreak.
Dr Mohammed Rilwanu, the Executive Secretary of the board, told newsmen in Abuja on Thursday that there was need to train health workers on how to handle patients who had been infected with the virus.
“As we all know health workers are more vulnerable in contracting the disease, therefore they need to be trained on how to handle such cases.
“They need to regard every case that comes to the clinic as Ebola until it has tested negative because the symptoms for Ebola are similar to those of malaria and fever. [eap_ad_1] “It is very important to take precautionary measures because if the health workers are infected, their families will be infected and it will easily spread,’’ he said.
Rilwanu said the National Hospital, Abuja, and the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital, Gwawalada, had been designated to conduct Ebola test in case of any outbreak in the territory.
Also speaking, Dr Hadiza Balarabe, Director, FCT Public Health, said the administration was making plans on opening an isolation site.
Balarabe said the FCT administration had intensified awareness campaign on the disease outbreak and had halted index of association in case of outbreak.
She said the administration had also provided personal protective equipment to about 21 hospitals, adding that the distribution of the equipment was still ongoing.
She assured Abuja residents that the FCT was doing everything possible to create more awareness and taking all necessary measures to curb the spread of the disease. (NAN)