If they fulfil the WHO Case Definition for Covid-19, they will go down to Kisiizi's Isolation Unit. This is the old Ahumuza ward that was emptied in 2017 when the new Ahumuza centre opened. It had been used for storage so has needed clearing and renovation and other work to ready it for the new role. This work has commenced so the hospital can take patients, but it is still working on some aspects including the provision for if it should receive any mothers who are showing symptoms, so cannot go to Maternity ward to deliver. World Health Organisation representatives have approved the hospital's plans and delivered some training sessions.
The hospital has an empty car park and the roads aren’t being used through Kisiizi as all transport, except emergency vehicles and essential cargo, has been stopped. This means many patients are unable to reach the hospital and a surge is anticipated once the restrictions are eased, but unfortunately it is likely that quite a few patients will have deteriorated due to the delay. Moses, the hospital's administrator, had to send a hospital ambulance out to collect a mother who had been reported to be in labour at the side of the road a few kilometres away but could not get transport to reach a clinic or hospital. Thankfully she and baby did well.
Please pray for the ongoing work at Kisiizi, especially now they face the additional challenges brought with the Coronavirus.