The Bayelsa State Public Health Emergency Operations Centre (PHEOC) has organized an intensive one day training programme for a group known as Covid-19 Volunteers of Bayelsa State who have lent their hands to the state government’s fight against Covid 19.
The training which centred on effective risk communication on the Covid-19 pandemic took place at the Conference Hall of the Bayelsa State Ministry of Health, Yenagoa on Monday.
The Director, Public Health, Ministry of Health, Dr Stow Jones expressed his gratitude that the volunteers willingly offered their energies and resources without being called upon, to make necessary input to the government’s Covid-19 response, stating that it was very patriotic of them. He urged them to remain steadfast in their resolve.
The Head of the Risk Communication Pillar of the Bayelsa PHEOC, Dr. Wilcox Izibeya educated the volunteers on the enormity of the task of efficient risk communication, citing it as one of the most important pillars of the government’s response.
He said it was their responsibility to ensure that everyone at all levels of society perfectly understands what Covid-19 is all about, the preventive measures and the government’s response so far.
Also speaking, one of the facilitators, Dr. Kesiye Leghemo acquainted the volunteers with basic epidemiology of Covid 19, its signs and symptoms as well as the importance of contact tracing.
Teaching on proper use of face masks, Dr. Esther Okpako demonstrated to all present the correct way to use and dispose face masks as well as proper hand washing and hand sanitizing techniques.
The Volunteers led by Engr. Chief James Karibo individually expressed their delight on the knowledge they acquired, stating that they were better equipped to render their contribution and ensure that the spread of the virus is contained and overcome.