Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip

by Union of Health Work Committees
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip
Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip

Gaza Strip is still suffering the consequences of the last aggressive Israeli aggression that took place between 10 May 2021 which lasted for 11 continues days. This came on top of all emergencies Gaza strip went through starting from the more than 15 years of imposed blockade, resulting in deterioration of the socio-economic situation, and the very high rates of unemployment poverty, and above all, the transmission of COVID19 within a community that already suffer fragile health system.

The beneficiaries of this intervention from Al Awda Hospital during the reporting period were 32336, who benefited from services provided at Al Awda Hospital.

This intervention came on a time of an urgent need to intervene to confront the spread of COVID-19 among the Palestinian community in Gaza strip especially speaking after the Israeli attack and its consequences on the local community, where it still there are more than 80,000 Internal Displaced People (IDP) who lost partially or totally their homes. So, Al Awda Hospital despite of the emergency state triggered, continue providing emergency services and maternity services in addition to some outpatient services consultations. The provision of essential services required imposing safety measures and precaution procedures, and the beneficiaries of the intervention during this reporting period were are follows:

- (2686) beneficiaries from the Emergency department.

- (1734) beneficiaries from the maternity department.

- (25763) beneficiaries from the outpatient clinic services.

- (2153) beneficiaries from the surgical department.

Without applying the safety measures, we would not be able to provide the needed services for beneficiaries and protecting them from the being infected from COVID19. First Story: H. M. is a midwife working at the maternity ward at Al Awda Hospital.One of the days coming into the hospital, and at the triage point while doing the rapid test for COVID19, she tested positive and later she was asked to do the PCR. Immediately Al Awda Hospital admin coordinated with MoH to have the PCR for her.

Later after 2 days, she was tested positive for PCR, and she was home quarantine for 10 days until she improved and recovered. Without the active and strict work of the triage point at the entrance of the hospital, she wouldn’t have been deducted and covered of being infected.

H. M. stated, “Without detecting me at the triage point, I wouldn’t know that I’m infected and I might put my patients, family and relatives at risk, … Million thanks to this intervention, through which PPEs have been provided to us during our work .. to maintain a free environment of COVID19” H.M. was one of the beneficiaries from the project " Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip " that was funded by GlobalGiving, who benefited from the PPE that have been brought and distributed to protect our teams from being infected.

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Lab Technician is working at Al Awda Hospital Lab.
Lab Technician is working at Al Awda Hospital Lab.

During the reporting period from Feb 2021 – May 2021, Gaza Strip experienced aggressive Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip on 10 May 2021 which lasted for 11 continues days. This came on top of all emergencies that Gaza strip went through starting from the 15 years of imposed blockade, the deterioration of the socio-economic situation, and the very high rates of unemployment poverty, and at the end the transmission of COVID19 within a community that already suffer fragile health system.

 

During the reporting period, MoH reported 107,845 cases have been registered from the startup of the transmission of COVID19 until 25 May 2021, among which 1010 deaths, and 2358 active cases.

The beneficiaries of this intervention from Al Awda Hospital during the reporting period were 14,523, who benefited from services provided at Al Awda Hospital.

This intervention came on a time of an urgent need to intervene to confront the spread of COVID-19 among the Palestinian community in Gaza strip especially speaking after the Israeli attack. So, Al Awda Hospital despite of the emergency state triggered, continue providing emergency services and maternity services in addition to some outpatient services consultations.

The provision of essential services required imposing safety measures and precaution procedures, and the beneficiaries of the intervention during this reporting period were are follows:

 - (2499 ) beneficiaries from the Emergency department.

-  (1203 ) beneficiaries from the maternity department.

-  (8995) beneficiaries from the outpatient clinic services.

-  (1826) beneficiaries from the surgical department.

 

First Story:

A. Sh. is a one of our colleagues working in the projects department at UHWC main office. He tested positive in 18 May 2021 at Al Awda Hospital. He fled his home because his neighborhood was threatened to be targeted by the Israeli Forces.

Knowing that he is an infected person, put him in front of his ethical responsibility towards strictly applying the safety measures not only to protect himself while being home displaced, but also to protect other and his family from the infection.

A.stated, “ Thanks to this intervention, If I didn’t know that I’m infected, I would have not been taking safety measures and I would put my family and my relatives at risk”

Mr. Sh. was one of the beneficiaries from the project " Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip " that was funded by GlobalGiving, who benefited from the PPE that have been brought and distributed to protect our teams from being infected.

 

The second story:

Dr. B. S. is a general surgeon living in the north of Gaza Strip, in Jabalia he is one of the qualified surgeon working at Al Awda Hospital and at our UHWC Al Awda Health Center in Rafah ( part time) , and he used to conduct hundreds of general surgical operations on a monthly basis.

UHWC set a triage point at the entrance of the hospital. Nobody allowed entering the hospital before being checked. All teams working at Al Awda hospital, and patients are asked many questions related to COVID 19, besides measuring the body temperature and sanitizing them with alcohol gel and water with chloride concentration, and any suspicious cases was asked to do the IgG/IgM tests at our lab, but mandatory to be done for all the staff.

B. S. tested positive to COVID19 at the triage point before entering the surgical operation room, saved may patients from being infected, and also saved putting all colleagues and employees at the risk of infection.

B. S. stated, " Thanks to the triage point and this intervention for helping us to detect the cases infected, If I didn’t do the test, I wouldn’t know I’m infected. By this I protected not only my family, but also the environment of the hospital and the health center safe”

Without this intervention, Al Awda Hospital would not be able to intervene to protect its environment, its patient and its working staff, and is now able to contribute to limit the spread of Corona virus in Gaza Strip. This fund also strengthened the health system and increased its capacity to respond to the health needs of facing Corona virus.

In addition, targeting poor families in marginalized areas, especially patients, elderly and PWD reduced their infection with Corona virus and having good health and well-being.

Provision of Health services at the Mobile Clinic
Provision of Health services at the Mobile Clinic
Provision of ENT Health Services
Provision of ENT Health Services
Triage Point at Al Awda Health Center- Jabalia
Triage Point at Al Awda Health Center- Jabalia

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Dentist at Al Awda Hospital wearing PPE
Dentist at Al Awda Hospital wearing PPE

This intervention came on a time of an urgent need to intervene to confront the spread of COVID-19 among the Palestinian community in Gaza strip especially speaking after the transmission of COVID19 among the Palestinian community outside the quarantine centers and the rising numbers of the infected persons especially during November and December 2020.

According to MoH Statistics, 51670 infected persons with COVID-19 was reported during 6 March 2020 up to 2 Feb 2021, among them 523 deaths.

During the transmission of COVID-19, UHWC as leading Non-Governmental health organization triggered the emergency state inside our premises and facilities. We applied a closed working system inside Al Awda hospital, where our teams worked for 10 continuous days for the reason of protecting the environment at the hospital, visiting patients and the staff inside the hospital and their families when they go back home after finishing the 10 working days. 

As soon as the virus was transmitted among the community, the lockdown was imposed and all health centers were closed until mid Sep. 2020. The life started to partially came back to normal. On 5 Dec. 2020, the local government announced the lockdown in Fridays and Saturdays, and this doubled the work at Al Awda Hospital.

intervention, contributed to promoting the protection of the medical team and workers of Al Awda Hospital who were dealing directly with the beneficiaries, in addition to protecting patients who were visiting the hospital through the provision of personal protection equipment and disinfectors. Moreover, the project worked to increase the protection of the local community by providing hygiene kits to nearly 236 poor and marginalized families, mainly women, elderly and people with disabilities.

Up to the reporting period, the supplied disposables and PPE's served nearly 10,458 beneficiaries who came to the hospital seeking for Emergency services, Maternity services, surgical operations services and outpatient clinic services.

One of UHWC employees who benefited from this fund was Kh. H. she is a midwife working at our maternity ward, she is living with her husband and mother–in-law in a rental house. Due to COVID-19 her husband lost his job.

First Story:

KH. H. is a midwife helping women to get birth at the maternity ward and always supports them during giving birth.

Having tested positive to IgG/IgM helped us to early detect the case. UHWC sent KH. H. to quarantine and was given an isolation kit due to her difficult economic situation.

She said "Thanks god I have been early detected because I was not developing any symptoms, I was a fried to transmit the virus to my mother-in-law, she is an elderly woman and sge might get ill"

She was one of the beneficiaries from the project " Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip " that was funded by GlobalGiving, who benefited from the PPE that have been brought and distributed to protect our teams and to maintain the provision of health services.

The second story:

Dr. S.G is a gynecologist living in Gaza city, he is one of the qualified surgeon working at Al Awda Hospital, and he used to conduct tens of Cesarean Section operations monthly and other Gyn. and Obs. surgical operations and supervise normal delivery cases.

UHWC set a triage point at the entrance of the hospital. Nobody allowed entering the hospital before being checked. All teams working at Al Awda hospital, and patients are asked many questions related to covid 19, besides measuring the body temperature and sanitizing them with alcohol gel and water with chloride concentration, and any suspicious cases was asked to do the IgG/IgM tests at our lab, but mandatory to be done for all the staff.

S.G was coming to his work in the morning when he was asked to do the IgG/IgM test as prevention measure. The result was positive and then according to MoH protocol, he was asked to do PCR test to make sure if he test positive for COVID-19 or not.

Having the PCR test positive, later S.G was sent to the Turkish Hospital for quarantine according to MoH protocols in dealing with the COVID-19 confirmed cases.

S.G says, "I don’t know I'm one of the confirmed cases of COVID-19, until I had done the IgG/IgM test. This test gives indication of your possibility of being confirmed with coronavirus. Thanks god that I was detected early before starting the work at the hospital and the maternity ward. It would be catastrophic if I were not detected on time. By this, I did not only stop transmitting the virus to the hospital and patients, but also I protected my family and my social circle. Being asymptomatic, none of corona virus symptoms showed up. That is why the triage point at the hospital is very important, because it catches up asymptomatic cases by the IgG/IgM test.

Al Awda Hospital Director A. M. says, "S.G was detected before starting his work at the hospital. It is of our pleasure that he did not start up working. Thanks to Rebuilding Alliance and Welfare Association for making the IgG/IgM tests available to the hospital. Without this, we were not able to catch the asymptomatic cases. We protected our hospital, our staff and were able to proceed in the provision of emergency- lifesaving services to the population, in light of the closure of MoH and UNRWA clinics due to the transmission of coronavirus outside the quarantine centers in 25th Aug. 2020"  

Without this intervention, Al Awda Hospital would not be able to intervene to protect its environment, its patient and its working staff, and is now able to contribute to limit the spread of Corona virus in Gaza Strip. This fund also strengthened the health system and increased its capacity to respond to the health needs of facing Corona virus.

In addition, targeting poor families in marginalized areas, especially patients, elderly and PWD reduced their infection with Corona virus and having good health and well-being.

Al Awda Hospital Triage Point
Al Awda Hospital Triage Point
Al Awda Hospital crews with PPE
Al Awda Hospital crews with PPE
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Dears at GlobalGiving,

Hope this email finds you well.

Please find below the report for the project " Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip" as requested.

The implementation of this fund was during August 2020.

 

On 25 August 2020, the MoH announced the emergency state inside the Gaza Strip due to four cases tested positive of coronavirus.

We at UHWC as a leading Non-Governmental health organization also announced the emergency state inside our premises and facilities. We applied a closed working system inside Al Awda hospital, where our teams worked for 10 continuous days for the reason of protecting the environment at the hospital, visiting patients and the staff inside the hospital and their families when they go back home after finishing the 10 working days.

Throughout this intervention, Al Awda Hospital's health workers and patients contributed to limit the spread of Coronavirus in Gaza Strip after the transmission of the virus inside the community. Not to mention, strengthening the health system and increasing its capacity to respond to the health needs to face COVID-19.

The supplied disposables and PPE's by this fund during August 2020, served 4358 beneficiaries who came to the hospital seeking for Emergency services, Maternity services, surgical operations services and  outpatient clinic services.

One of UHWC employees who benefited from this fund was W. J. she is a pharmacist at our Central Drug Store, she has three children the youngest one is 3 years old.

 W. J. is one of the persons who did not go back home and stayed at Al Awda Hospital for 10 continuous days, from the beginning of the transmission of Coronavirus among the Palestinian community in Gaza, to decrease the infection and to protect her family and herself.

She said "The news showed up on the night of 25th August, shocking all of us.. `We heard at a sudden that 4 cases tested positive for COVID-19 among the community  ... The first thing that came up to my mind is that.. How can we continue our work and protect ourselves and our patients during the provision of services"

She was one of the beneficiaries from the project " Limiting dissemination of COVID-19 in Gaza Strip " that was funded by GlobalGiving, who benefited from the PPE that have been brought and distributed to protect our teams and to maintain the provision of health services.

She added, "It's very important to work in a clean environment, especially I worked 10 days inside the hospital, even with the much imposed restricted movements from the staff and the patients, it's important to know that I can return back to my family safe and sound …. It's not only about psychical related issues,, it's also about my mental health and how this will push me forward to complete my task and work duties properly" 

"Thanks to every single one of you at the community of GlobalGiving for being the reason behind the stability of the provision of our services and for the well-being we had during the 10 working days … this played major role in the serving people, saving lives and be ready for the worst scenarios," She concluded.

In addition, H. S. was one of the beneficiaries from this fund, she is 33 years old pregnant woman lives in Beit Hanoun, and she is pregnant in her last days.

This pregnancy was a dream to a family.. They waited for this moment for 5 years.

She came to Al Awda Hospital on 27 August 2020 progressing delivery signs and because of the transmission of coronavirus inside the community, she was forced to go into the triage point where we provide PPE for the patient and did some rapid test for COVID19 as an indication of the infection.

H.S. said, "I came to the hospital fearing of going to other hospitals, because I heard of infection among the medical team  ... I trust Al Awda and want to give birth there for my first dream baby" 

The Gynecologist followed her case in the delivery room with the midwife and she had her baby, health safe and sound.

The Director of Al Awda Hospital said" Without this fund through GlobalGiving and all contributors.. We won't be able to maintain the sustainability of the provision of emergency – lifesaving health services.. This fund helped us to continue the provision of health services through the donated PPE's and medications and disposables... In light of the closure of MoH and UNRWA clinics" 

Now the mother and baby were safe and sound, and UHWC ambulance drove them back home.

H.S. after having the baby between her arms said "Million thanks  ... Thank God  ... I would not be much happier than this moment.. My baby is safe and sound.. I'm in a safe environment away from COVID19.. Thanks to the donor and UHWC for making this moment especial"

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