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IHVN trains Health Care Workers on Task Shifting

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The Institute of Human Virology Nigeria (IHVN) has built the capacity of over 50 nurses from Nasarawa, Kano, Katsina states and the Federal Capital Territory to take on more tasks to ease bottlenecks in the delivery of service to people living with HIV (PLHIV) in facilities.

At a training in the University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH), Gwagwalada, IHVN Program Officer, Care and Support, Juliet Ajav-Nyior said that with the training, nurses and midwives can relieve doctors of some duties thereby reducing congestion and patient waiting time in the clinic. “We expect that at the end of this training, every participant would be equipped to step down and be available for refill service delivery at our IHVN supported sites. The participants underwent several tests and practical sessions to test their ability to grasp what is being taught and at the end of the training, certificates will be issued to only qualified participants,” she said.

imagesAccording to IHVN Consultant, Mrs. Charity Maina, participants were trained in four batches over a period of three weeks. “Nigeria adopted task shifting from World Health Organization’s (WHO) recommendation to countries, health practitioners and facilities to decongest clinics especially in resource limited countries where things are done manually, and it has been approved by the National Health Council,” she said.

A participant at the training Esther Okereke from Daughters of Charity, Kubwa, said that she has gained more knowledge on how task shifting works. “Though I have heard about task shifting before but more light has been thrown into the process and tools used for it in this training, I will definitely step down and advocate for it to be adopted back in my facility. The benefits are awesome to every party.”

imagesAnother participant, Bawa Yahuza from Customs Hospital, Old Karu, said he has learned about delegating task for efficient service delivery. “I have learnt quite a lot during the course of this training, especially in the area of service flow by sorting of patients according to complications and share among health care workers,” he said.

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