The Anambra State Government has initiated a two-day training program for Disease Surveillance and Notification Officers, aiming to curb the spread of diphtheria and other communicable diseases within the state.
Dr. Afam Obidike, the Commissioner for Health, highlighted the urgency of the training due to the rising concerns about the current surge in diphtheria cases across various states in the country. With over 11,000 suspected cases nationwide, Anambra is taking proactive measures to prevent an outbreak.
Surveillance officers, selected from all 21 local government areas of the state, will undergo training to enhance their preventive skills and techniques. The focus is on empowering them to collect samples during potential outbreaks in their respective areas, ensuring timely notification to relevant authorities for swift intervention.
Dr. Obidike emphasized the significance of this training, especially during the harmattan period when respiratory tract infections may be prevalent. The approach aligns with previous successful measures taken during outbreaks of diseases like monkeypox, Lassa fever, yellow fever, and measles in the state.
Governor Chukwuma Soludo’s commitment to proactive healthcare measures was evident as he allocated funds to sponsor the training, demonstrating the state’s dedication to preventing and responding promptly to disease outbreaks.
Dr. Chima Emembolu, the state’s epidemiologist, expressed gratitude for the government’s support, highlighting that the training was solely funded by the state without external health partners’ assistance. The initiative underscores Anambra’s commitment to safeguarding the well-being of its residents.