We are grateful for the support of our community over the past few weeks. As we continue to face the global COVID-19 pandemic, we are responding on multiple fronts including continual care for patients, implementation of infectious disease protocols and dissemination of public health information.
Following the declaration of the COVID-19 outbreak, Gulu district has set up strong disease surveillance and response systems including the district task force, security structures,community-based traveler detection and reporting system, has organized human health resource for COVID 19 management, quick communication technologieslikemTRAC, close user group phones, media/press and improved sample collection system through the Hub lab network.
There has been some general concern about coronavirus in the communities. On Wednesday, the incharge, Anttimo, took time out of the busy schedule to speak to the mothers who have brought their babies for immunisation. He demonstrated to them a hand washing exercise. and general overview of coronavirus. He asked at the beginning, who had heard of it, but many out of the people in attendance heard him and looked blankly at one another, few raised their hands.
To demonstrate how long the hand wash should go on for. He calls on a child to count upto 20. The child excitedly counts up to 20 as he demonstrates washing his hands. He then calls on one of the women to demonstrate the same. Although most people are still not sure about this disease. The world needs to send out more messages about the COVID - 19.
Uganda has confirmed 44 cases of COVID-19. With an already fragile healthcare systems any advancement of the pandemic in the community is likely to be devastation. There is already a lack of access to life-saving equipment, and the strain on this system is only set to increase. Our work fortifies these systems by remaining open, providing quality, affordable healthcare and employing skilled medical professionals in the communities that we serve. While many other NGOs are forced to close as ex-pats are recalled, our local staff remains.
We are thankful for your continued support to show the people of this community that we are with them, even in this time of separation. This is a global challenge unlike any we’ve faced. However, we are confident in our model of empowering local healthcare providers and creating more awareness..
Thank you for your partnership