by Victoria Wolf
More than 400 healthcare workers have received online Covid-19 training from the health ministry’s National Healthcare Training Centre.
Funded by the United States’ Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Foundation, the training took place over the past two weeks and was the first in a series of planned sessions.
“As a result of this training, healthcare workers throughout the country are better prepared to deal with Covid-19 cases,” US embassy spokesperson Walter Parrs said in a statement on Wednesday.
Parrs said the training consisted of four hours of teaching about infection prevention control using personal protective equipment, how to deal with Covid-19 deaths, as well as four hours on case management of Covid-19 patients.
While it was funded by the CDC Foundation, the United States Agency for International Development and the World Health Organisation also provided technical assistance in the preparation of the guidelines and training.
“The funding is in addition to the N$100 million of United States assistance towards Namibia’s Covid-19 response announced earlier this year,” Parrs said.
The workshop was recorded, which means healthcare workers who were not in a position to attend in person will be able to watch the video.
According to Parrs, the CDC will in September also provide support for additional training for cleaners, paramedics, correctional officers and other professionals involved in Namibia’s Covid-19 response.