Medical Clinic & Response to COVID-19
On 11th March 2020, on the advice of the Emergency Committee, the WHO Director-General, declared the COVID-19 outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The corona-virus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was declared a pandemic, which continues to evolve rapidly, with the number of countries affected in the WHO African Region steadily growing. Kenya confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on 13th March, 2020 and the cases have continued to steadily rise and spread across the country. In response to this new health changes due to corona virus disease, Shelter of Hope Medical clinic developed COVID-19 emergency and Response plan in consultation with various government and non-government health actors. The plan aims to ensure well-coordinated approach to health matters with keen attention to community interest that promotes good health, safety and well-being of community members and all our project beneficiaries- orphans and vulnerable children. This Emergency and Response plan is a good planning tool for Shelter of Hope Medical Clinic as it has guided our operations with regards to medical and non-drugs aids distribution.. The implementation of the plan began immediately when corona virus disease was declared as health emergency in Kenya and still continue to guide our operations despite the challenges due to low funding. The COVID-19 pandemic has subjected the poor and the vulnerable to lots of suffering. People lack basic sanitary and hygienic items that can cushion them from virus. The government has been overwhelmed by rising needs of infected persons coupled by limited funds.
In our small effort to supplement the government, contain the virus, we initiated Community public awareness and sensitization. Health talks focused on good personal health habits such as hand washing actions to keep COVID 19. The school children and local church congregations have been our key implementers. Public communication strategies including use of community health dialogue spearheaded by community health volunteers. Print media services such as posters, fliers have been used targeting all the residence of Kagan village and beyond. We managed to procure and distribute through Shelter of Hope medical clinic face masks, face shields, goggles, and hand sanitizer, bags for medical waste or bio hazard.