By Erika Vitale - Coronavirus in Myanmar's villages: our actions
Quarantine centers in rural villages
In Myanmar, the Coronavirus' alert has started during the first days of April 2020.
By that time the government has proclaimed a national lockdown since the Covid-19 positive cases have started to rise. We believe that if the pandemic were to spread in the Kawthaung region, the few health resources available would be exhausted within a few days.
Kawthaung hospital is the centre of reference for all Coronavirus cases in the district, despite being without intensive care, without ventilators and with only 4 beds for the most serious patients. For these reasons, it is essential to concentrate all efforts on prevention to avoid an announced disaster. MedAcross has decided to act in a capillary way, in collaboration with the health authorities of the region to bring timely aid where it is needed most. Here is what we are doing:
Distribution of information material about Covid-19 in rural villages and plantations: MedAcross has decided to prepare vinyl posters and records that explain in a practical way the hygiene rules to the populations living in the most isolated areas.
Support for quarantine centres: in the Kawthaung district 11 quarantine centres have been set up for Covid-19 suspected people, these simple places are managed by volunteers without medical preparation or masks (in the photo you can see the centre of Aung bar). We decide to take care of these places distributing surgical masks and sanitizing gel for the volunteers and patients of the centres.
Organization of mobile clinics under Covid-19: before the pandemic, the days of Clinica Mobile were long-awaited by the villagers who created long lines to be treated. Our staff is working with local authorities to organize safety visits to villages, respecting the correct distances to prevent the virus.
Distribution of non-woven fabric masks to the most fragile in Kawthaung district: many people are dealing with the lockdown in narrow places like 16 square metres for a family of 5 people. MedAcross want to protect the most fragile families that cannot afford to buy face masks.
In places where hospitals do not have intensive care, the only chance we can have against Coronavirus is the prevention. If the pandemic were to spread uncontrollably, many people would die without any hospital care. This is why we are giving extreme care to the health of our patients, offering quality medical helth in a safe places.
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