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TB Research Project trains staff of 14 facilities in Nasarawa and FCT

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The Institute of Human Virology, Nigeria (IHVN) in collaboration with the Vaccine for Africa, University of Cape Town (VACFA UCT), South Africa and the National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Control Program (NTBLCP) have begun a training on tuberculosis for health practitioners and staff of 14 health facilities in Nasarawa state and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

This training, which is part of activities for a TB infection control study titled ‘Mycobacterium tuberculosis Infection Rates Among HCWs in HIV Clinics in Nigeria’ (TRACING), will build the capacity of health care workers to know the causes of TB and how it is spread. The study will identify the four measures designed to control the risk for TB exposure in healthcare settings, appropriate use of respiratory protection to reduce the risk of TB in healthcare settings and the need to implement TB infection control in their facilities.

TRACING study would also assess the risk of acquiring tuberculosis among health care workers providing care and treatment to people living with HIV and the effectiveness of TB infection control measures in these facilities. The two-year study spearheaded by the Institute’s International Research Center of Excellence (IRCE) will recruit about 700 health care workers.

IRCE Research Manager, Dr. Evaezi Okpokoro said that “In addition to using this as a platform for strengthening TB infection control mechanism, we also plan on developing policies relevant for protecting this limited but crucial work force.”

imagesA Consultant Pediatrician, Hafsatu Adamu, who participated in the training in General Hospital Maitama, said, “This has been a very enlightening experience for some of us whose core area is not TB and therefore not privy to certain information about the disease. I have learnt a lot about the control of TB which can help to curb its spread in this facility and the community at large. It is a good reminder of the high index of suspicion and the need for prompt screening of all suspected cases for early commencement of treatment.”

Another participant, Esther Mathew, said “I am grateful that I was called to take part in this training. As a cleaner, we do not have much of these opportunities to learn about diseases like TB. Now I know the proper way to clean the facility and to protect myself from infection while working.

Other Health Care facilities where these training will be conducted are, Maitama, Gwarimpa, Kubwa, Nyanya, Asokoro, Garki General Hospitals, National Hospital, and University of Abuja Teaching Hospital (UATH). Others are, National Institute for pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRID), Sisters of Nativity, Jikwoyi and Daughters of Charity all of which are in Abuja. And three facilities in Nasarawa state namely, Mararaba Guruku Medical Center, Federal Medical Center (FMC), Keffi and Dalhatu Arab Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia.

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