USAID launches a series of trainings on preventing infections and controlling the spread of COVID-19 for paramedics across KP. The US Consul General in Peshawar Sebron Toney opened the first session for the staff of Lady Reading Hospital.

PESHAWAR: The United States Consul General Sebron Toney inaugurated the first of a series of day-long training sessions for doctors, nurses, paramedics, and support staff of the Lady Reading Hospital Peshawar on “Infection Prevention and Control for COVID-19,” supported by the US Government, through the US Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded Integrated Health Services Strengthening and Service Delivery Activity.

The number of KP healthcare workers who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached the alarming rate of 1,000, which could be much higher as the days continue.

Through this training healthcare providers will develop a better understanding of infection prevention and control in dealing with the COVID-19 suspected and confirmed cases. They also learn how to protect themselves using personal protective equipment while treating patients. In addition to the staff of Lady Reading Hospital, the training will be provided to 400 healthcare providers across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, says a press release.

“The United States government will continue to partner with the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in these trying times and I am confident, with this support, the Department of Health will improve Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s health systems to handle calamities of such scale,” said Consul General Toney.

“We developed this activity with the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to help those heroes on the frontlines facing this deadly virus on a daily basis,” said USAID Mission Director Julie Koenen.

“USAID and the government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are committed to provide the resources necessary to these courageous men and women to stop the spread of COVID-19,” Julie Koenen said.

“We have always been very mindful of the training needs of the staff dealing with COVID-19 cases,” said Dr Suleman Khan, Medical Director of Lady Reading Hospital “We appreciate USAID’s timely support to the Lady Reading Hospital as it will save lives and help us improve the quality of healthcare,” Dr Suleman said.

Coronavirus is spreading rapidly in Pakistan and healthcare workers are particularly at greater risk of contracting the virus. At this critical time provision of necessary safety equipment and training to healthcare staff is considered vital to safe them from the dangerous disease. Many healthcare officials, including doctors, have contracted coronavirus in KP and the government is paying special attention to providing them training and equipment.