Q3 8.1

The Department of Health- Center for Health Development SOCCSKSARGEN Region conducted an Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) Training in the context of COVID-19 in two (2) batches facilitated by the Health Facility Development Unit (HFDU). A representative from LGU Hospitals of the region were invited particularly their Infection Control Nurses. The first batch was conducted on August 17 to 20 2021 which was held at Montañer Hall of DOH-CHD SOCCSKSARGEN Office with a total of 12 participants from LGU Hospitals of North Cotabato Province and Cotabato City. The second batch was held at Paraiso Verde Hotel, Koronadal City with 19 participants from LGU Hospitals of South Cotabato Province, Sarangani Province and General Santos City was conducted on September 28 to October 1, 2021. The training was designed to enhance the knowledge, skills, and attitude of healthcare workers on COVID-19 thereby effectively responding and handling this disease.

Medical Center (CRMC), being the referral center for re-emerging infectious diseases in SOCCKSARGEN Region, was given the responsibility to ensure that our frontliners are guaranteed with sufficient resources, technologies and experiences which will equip them the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude to effectively handle patients with COVID-19 cases. Four respected lecturers from the said facility were given the opportunity to impart their knowledge for the training. They were Scheherazade E. Ibrahim, RN, Mirasol Gellamucho, RN, Jan Rae C. Banas, RMT, and AlMohaymin Gayak, RN. The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) approved a total of 12.5 Continuing Professional Development (CPD) units for this training.

Q3 8.2

During the training, the general principles of infection prevention and control when caring for patients with COVID-19 was discussed. The participants were able to describe the origin, etiology and epidemiology of COVID-19 from the lecture on “Overview and Update on COVID-19”. Other topics discussed on the training was Mortuary Care, which included respect for differences in religion. In the topic about Healthcare Waste Management, they determined proper waste and linen management. Surveillance, Collection, Handling, and Transportation of Specimen was also discussed where proper nose and throat swabbing was demonstrated by the lecturer and a return-demonstration was done by the participants. Proper collection, handling and transport of specimen was also demonstrated. On the topic about vaccination, the participants were able to determine the importance of vaccination in the prevention of COVID-19. Proper Fit Testing on N95 respirator and Demonstration on Donning and Doffing of PPE were done. Participants were provided with the complete supplies needed and the return demonstrations were successfully done.

The participants were very active during the training where they were able to draw questions from the lectures and were able to do return demonstrations precisely. A workshop was done where they filled up a workshop tool that included their personalized action plan specific for their hospital facility. They were given time to present their action plans with the assistance of the resource speakers. Pre tests and Post tests were given to the participants to assess their level of knowledge before and after the training.

The frontliners, being the server of primary care to patients in need of hospital care, are foremost has to be well-equipped on how to prevent the spread of infection in hospital setting. COVID-19 has drastically change mankind’s way of living. But it has further put them in many realizations, such as to think rationally how to survive, to show more care for other people, and so as to appreciate more the life we are living. It is essential to be well-equipped with fact-based information and be able to utilize this effectively for survival.