The 6th annual National Stop Transmission of Polio (NSTOP) training took place from July 31 - August 11, 2017. The training which held in Abuja had 86 people in attendance comprising of cohort nine (9) residents of the Nigeria Field Epidemiology and Laboratory Training Program (NFELTP), implementing partners and government representatives.
Increase the knowledge and skills of NFELTP residents and selected partners’ participants on polio and vaccine preventable diseases, epidemiology and program implementation.
- Increase knowledge on polio eradication initiative and routine immunization programmes in Nigeria among participants.
- Prepare and improve participants’ skills to participate as management support team (MST) in polio other vaccine preventable diseases.
- Improve Supplementary Immunization Activities (SIAs) supervision and accountability to better vaccination team performance.
- Improve quality of leadership and management of polio staff at the state and LGA levels.
- Build participants capacity for immunization programs through case studies and other adult learning techniques.
- Increase knowledge about the link between polio eradication and routine immunization.
The training was divided into 2 parts with the first week majoring on poliomyelitis and its eradication, while the second week centred on Routine Immunization (RI) and measles. The NSTOP program, which is modelled after the international STOP program, supports the Government in conducting activities that will lead to improved lives of the citizens, especially among those aged 6-59 months.
Presently, the country has stayed for 1year without a reported case of Wild Polio Virus (WPV). Poliomyelitis is a crippling disease that is caused by WPV and can be prevented with a vaccine. Poliomyelitis is only endemic in three (3) countries of the world, Nigeria inclusive. Therefore, plans for eradicating the virus in the country have been on top gear with the intensification of activities such as international border Oral Polio Vaccination (OPV), conduct of campaigns and ensuring every child in every community can access RI services.
Some of the topics covered during the training were introduction to poliomyelitis and Polio Eradication Initiative(PEI) strategy, Acute Flaccid Paralysis (AFP) surveillance and WPV outbreak investigation, overview of RI, RI: Current situation in Nigeria, Introduction to Vaccine Preventable Diseases (VPD), introduction to measles and rubella surveillance etc. The importance of surveillance cannot be over emphasized as it is the watch dog in medicine. Emphasis was made on conduct of sessions especially in underserved and hard to reach to communities.
The training was a mixture of power point presentations, participatory class room discussions and group works. A total of forty-seven (47) presentations with fourteen (14) case study sessions were held and anchored by experienced facilitators from NSTOP, US CDC and other implementing partners. At the end of the 10-day intensive training, remarkable learning was recorded as revealed in the post test result.
The US Centres for Disease Control and prevention acting Country Director, Dr. Daniel Danvall, during the closing ceremony and handing over of certificates to participants, enjoined all to be “disciples” wherever they are posted to. He said disciples are people who hear messages and are eager to spread it. ‘You soak people into your activity and they become interested and, in turn, become public health advocates”. He further commended the NFELTP residents for dedicating 2 years of their lives to the improvement of the Nigeria health sector. Afterwards, the National Polio EOC Incident Manager, Dr. Usman. A. Adamu, commended participants for the job well done and encouraged them to put in their best in their various fields. He wished them success in their field work.
Author : Admin
Date Published : 2017-08-15 14:15:13
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