Yenagoa - The Bayelsa Government on Wednesday commenced training of 70 health personnel on the control and management of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the state.
Dr Wakiente Omubo, the state Director of Public Health, said this at the opening of a two-day sensitisation programme entitled "Training of Trainers on Ebola Virus Disease" in Yenagoa.
Omubo explained that the training was a fall-out of the decision by the National Council on Health (NCH) emergency meeting in Abuja on September 1.
The director said that the beneficiaries of the training were selected based on template provided to the state by the Federal Ministry of Health.
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"We have personnel from various institutions which include officers from the state Ministry of Health, Nigeria Police Force, Joint Task Force (JTF), Federal Road Safety Commission, among others.
"I urge those who have participated in the training to go back to their institution and preach what they have learnt from the training,” Omubo said.
Dr Bosah Charles, Epidemiologist, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, Federal Ministry of Health, underscored the need to reach out to rural communities over the nature of Ebola.
Charles, who is one of the facilitators, said that being aware of the disease would go a long way to curb the spread of the virus.