Nigeria Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Residents Conclude Data Collection Process

The Residents of Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Program (I-FETP) successfully concluded field data collection on ‘’Assessment of Compliance to COVID-19 Non-Pharmaceutical Interventions (NPIs) and Associated Factors in Secondary Schools in the Federal Capital Territory’’. To curb the spread of COVID-19, NPIs including social distancing, wearing of face mask, frequent handwashing and using sanitizers, observing coughs and sneeze etiquette, and isolating sick people were put in place by the government. The level of compliance to the NPIs is important to COVID-19 response.

The study aimed to assess the level of compliance and predictors of use of COVID-19 NPIs among students and staff of secondary schools in the FCT. Twelve secondary schools were randomly selected from the 6 area councils in FCT (6 public and 6 private). Before the actual data collection, advocacy visits were conducted to the selected schools to explain the aim and methodology of the study. The data collection method involved three aspects; interviewer-administer questionnaire, observational checklist, and key informant interview. The data collection lasted for eight days. The Intermediate Field Epidemiology Training Program (I-FETP) is implemented by the Government of Nigeria and AFENET with the support of the US CDC.

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