Community Health Officers (CHO) have been instructed by the Federal Government to be ready for an outbreak of monkeypox disease in rural areas.
At the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria’s induction of 477 Community Health Officers (CHO) for the year 2021 in Abuja, Minister of State for Health Barrister Ekumankama Nkama delivered the keynote address.
The Minister claims that the spread of diseases like monkeypox and others has necessitated that the nation’s health sector be prepared to monitor any potential problems.
Due to their proximity to the public, he added that community health officers are among the first responders and must act correctly.
The Minister challenged the graduates, who had been trained and registered as complete practitioners by the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria, to be more responsive and work within their level by making the required referrals when they encountered difficulties above them.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, according to Nkama, is doing its best to provide health services to Nigerians and wants all hands on deck to take it to new heights.
Bashir Idris, the Registrar of the Community Health Practitioners Registration Board of Nigeria, challenged them to stand out when they start practicing in the future.
He stated: “One of the missions of the Board is to improve the standard of Community healthcare in Nigeria by regulating teaching, learning and practices of community health.”
The registrar stated that comprehensive training will enable the newly qualified graduates to develop and realize their full potential while providing them with the best possible start and integration into community healthcare.
While congratulating the class of 2021, Sule Galadima Sule, the board’s chairman, stated the organization would continue to provide pertinent courses and programs, particularly in relation to hot-button problems in the healthcare industry.
According to him, the Community Health Officers (CHO) Training Program is a full-time initiative of accredited Teaching Hospitals committed to upholding professional standards and carrying out its statutory obligations as prescribed by the Act. The program’s certification entitles its graduates to carry out both technical and managerial duties in primary healthcare facilities across the country.
587 individuals were registered to take the exam, and 477 passed, or 81.2 percent, were inducted this year across the country.
Most of the graduates expressed their happiness at joining the community health organization and their optimism that they would succeed.