UOFA COVID-19 COMMITTEE ORGANISES THREE-DAY TRAINING FOR STAFF

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UOFA COVID-19 COMMITTEE ORGANISES THREE-DAY TRAINING FOR STAFF

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The University of Abuja COVID-19 Committee on Wednesday 19th August 2020 organized a three-day in-house training to enlighten members of the University community on the dangers of COVID-19 as well as the precautionary measures to be taken to keep the campuses safe.

The training which ended on Friday 21st August 2020 was attended by no fewer than 220 staff of the University drawn from various units including University Health Service, Transport, Safety, Student Affairs and the Library.

The Chairman of the Committee, Professor Abubakar Jamda, said the training was aimed at providing a first-hand practical knowledge to staff, particularly health workers on how to deal with the disease. According to him, the University has a unique vulnerability to COVID-19 by virtue of its location which attracts staff and students from all parts of the country and beyond, adding that as the University prepares to resume any time soon, it has become imperative to sensitize the community on the best way to respond to the pandemic.

Professor Jamda emphasized the need for protection among staff using non-pharmaceutical methods such as the wearing of face mask, proper hand washing, use of hand sanitizers as well as maintaining physical distancing of about 2 meters. He added that since no specific cure or vaccine had been found for the disease, protection remained the only way to prevent its spread for now. He also urged staff to engage in regular physical exercises; eat balanced diet and rest well to boost their immunity and stay safe.

The Chairman informed the participants at the training that a Response Team was being put together and that their telephone numbers would be made available to the University community soon. He urged the participants to be vigilant especially in the hostels and report any suspected case of COVID-19 immediately for prompt investigation and necessary action. Highlights of the sessions were the practical demonstration of the use of the thermometer and 5-steps to proper hand washing techniques by staff of the University Health Services led by Dr. Ibrahim Salihu. Topics of the training include myths and misconception by Dr Agada Akor; use of Infrared Thermometers, Dr Oriaku Okereke; infection prevention and control 1 - Risk based approach to PPE, Dr Simon Enem; waste management, Dr Thairu Yunusa and Risk communications by Mrs Igwe.