Written by Okumu Sylvanus
With the confirmation of COVID-19 in Kenya, the Government put in place several measures to prevent the spread of the virus in the country. These measures included suspending learning in all educational institutions, employers to allow employees to work from home and reducing social gatherings.
Village HopeCore scaled down most of its outreach activities to comply with these directives and ensure the safety of our staff beneficiaries. They took the following measures; suspended mobile clinics due to closure of the schools, Barry Wood Youth Resource Center closed to avoid gathering of the Center, office clinical together with laboratory closed due to a small client waiting for space and lack of personal protective equipment for the staff, mobile Maternal Child Health Clinics suspended to avoid gatherings, long-lasting treated mosquito nets (LLTNs) distribution halted until learning in school resume, micro-enterprise program activities continue but with strict adherence to set standard operating procedures (SOPs) developed by Village HopeCore task force.
As primary health providers, HopeCore is now focusing on educating and sensitizing the community on COVID-19 to combat the spread of the virus and break the chain of transmission in Thraka Nithi County. We have developed COVID-19 education toolkit that has general information on COVID-19 from WHO and the Kenya Ministry of Health (MOH) that includes information for clinicians and hospital, education module on COVID-19 for Comunity Health Workers/Volunteers and research journals/articles on COVID-19.
In the past two weeks, we have trained 280 CHVs within Mwimbi and Muthambi Sub-counties who have in turn become COVID-19 community educators. We have also distributed handwashing tanks and soap to high traffic places such as markets, bus stations, police stations and to all the 28 public health facilities in Mwimbi and Muthambi sub-counties. We have also trained 33 town council employees who are now in charge of the handwashing stations installed in public areas.
We are glad to report that the County Government of Tharaka Nithi has adopted HopeCore’s training module on COVID-19 and they asked all health partners to use our PowerPoint presentations and other educational material that we have developed in their training. Hopecroe has also been requested to extend its training to other counties as well wehre an additional 290 CHVS will be trained on COVID-19 starting this week. The CHVs shall serve as COVID-19 educators in their villages.
We plan to resume our normal services immediately the COVID-19 pandemic comes to an end in Kenya.
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