WARD DHMT Braces Up to Combat Corona Virus
The District Medical Officer (DMO) at Waterloo District Health Management Team (DHMT), Silvia Fasuluku Wusman has explained strategies they have put in place to combat the deadly Corona Virus Disease (COVID 19).
Madam Wusman said they have activated the District Emergency Team, noting that surveillance officers were out every day to take sample and reported any information to the DHMT about travelers.
She maintained that stakeholders like Members of Parliament, Councilors and Headmen have been engaged on sensitization meeting to pass on vital information to their subordinates on the anger and prevention of the killer disease.
She spoke about the holding centre they have identified at Newton Village, adding that they are currently working on it to be more functional. She described Newton Holding Centre as spacious and was used during the fight against the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD). “This is an early preparedness to tackle any case which may be aroused,” she said. She encouraged medical people to disseminate correct information at the right time.
She assured that they would be distributing basic equipment like gun thermometers, hand sanitizers and veronica buckets to all their centers in the district with assistance from Save the Children and Maristope.
“We have activated triages where patients could be screened for high or low risk,” she explained and continued that from this stage, they would be able to discover if a patient is needed to be investigated for high temperature, fever and difficult in breath.
In the area of community sensitization, the DMO said they are going to start to engage traditional healers and other sectors in society for everybody to understand the correct messages on the prevention of the virus.
She advised traditional and English people not to treat any patient in secrete but to refer them to hospitals or treatment centers where experienced medical people could be found.
She said the bye-laws which they are going to take from council would be communicated immediately, and warned against treating anybody that may exhibit signs of the illness.
She pointed out that they would also engage the police and members of the armed forces to take active part in the fight against the invisible virus.
She concluded that the DHMT has not only repaired district ambulances but plan is afoot to also engage ambulance drivers.
By Abdulai Mento Kamara
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