Botswana has intensified the strengthening of the capacity of its healthcare workers in order to improve COVID-19 case management, the country’s health minister said Saturday.
At least 1,500 both primary and secondary healthcare workers have been trained over the last two weeks in prioritized parts of the country, Lemogang Kwape, Botswana’s minister of health and wellness, told journalists in a virtual press briefing.
“We have intensified training of healthcare workers on how to wear PPE (personal protective equipment) in order to protect themselves from contracting the disease,” said Kwape.
As at Aug. 17, 2020, at least 31 healthcare workers including nurses, doctors and their assistances as well as health facilities’ cleaners had been diagnosed with the highly contagious COVID-19.
Kwape said the government is now ensuring that the PPE is always made available for healthcare workers so as not to compromise the delivery of health in the country.
“It is my belief that strengthened capacity will enhance the understanding of the heightened risks and provide adequate knowledge and skills on infection prevention and control,”he said.
COVID-19 pandemic has presented new challenges to Botswana’s healthcare challenges, as the southern African country is battling HIV/AIDS scourge together with a surge in non-communicable diseases.
Botswana has so far 1, 308 confirmed cases and three COVID-19 related deaths.
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