ICRC Trains Deathcare Workers on COVID-19 Pandemic
Abuja (ICRC) – The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) supports the training of trainers organized by the Federal Ministry of Health, Public Health Department, in collaboration with the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control and participation of the World Health Organization and the Federal Ministry of Environment.
The training, which will focus on best practices and procedures for the adequate management of the dead in sanitary emergencies, is targeting 30 persons and will take place at the Federal Ministry of Health HQ in Abuja from July 20 to 23.
“Mismanagement of the dead may have serious consequences for healthcare and deathcare workers. Moreover, it can affect the grieving families, struggling to come to terms with their loss”, says Juan Manuel Guerrero Rodriguez, ICRC forensic specialist. “Planning is key to be able to handle the dead in a safe manner and with full respect of cultural and religious practices.”
Since the onset of the pandemic, the ICRC adapted its operations in Nigeria to contribute to the efforts by the authorities and the Nigerian Red Cross Society to curb the spread of the virus, while continuing providing vital assistance to communities affected by armed conflict and other situations of violence. Among other activities, the ICRC shares with the authorise forensic expertise and experience it accumulated having worked in disaster-management and conflict zones.
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