By Akinwale Kasali
Following the recent epidemic outbreak at Queens College, Yaba, Lagos, that led to the death of three students, with over 100 students hospitalised in the school, the London Professional Training Center in Nigeria, in partnership with the International Health Organisation in United Kingdom is offering a free UK awarded training in Infection Prevention and Control on schools and other childcare settings to all professionals working in the educational sector in Nigeria.
The Nigeria center manager of the LPTC, Francis Aleji said that the recent outbreak of meningitis in the northern part of the country has seen children mostly affected due to their immune system vulnerability.
He added that schools are common hubs for transmission of infectious diseases. Infection in schools he said are prevalent, because infectious diseases are spread on schools due to the convergence of children with low immune system and other adults of different ages they come close in contact with.
With the partnership of LTPC and IHO, the free training is aimed at providing guidance and improving the competency of school nurses, teachers, food handlers, administrators, principal of primary and secondary schools, manager of nurseries, day care centers, playgroups,creche and boarding schools.
Aleji stressed that LTPC is also partnering with the Lagos State Government on the need to have an healthy community.
He added that all schools on the Mainland will be carried along, as there is no segregation.
“It is a continual process, but we are starting with schools on the Mainland first, because Mainland has the highest number of schools than the Island. After this, we will move to other parts of the state and across the country.
“This is part of our corporate social responsibility to the people and we intend to partner all stakeholders in the health sector for us to have a healthy community, that is free from any epidemic, which is detrimental to our children”.
The free training programme on infection prevention will take place on the 25th April, 2017, at the LPTC office on 23, Amore street, off Toyin Street, Ikeja, Lagos, by 9am.