The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has been the most discussed topic in recent times. Its epidemiology has still not been completely understood. Various organizations have joined hands in devising various mechanisms and solutions to combat this outbreak, and to reduce the spread and the death rate of COVID-19, efforts must be made starting from the grassroots.
HIV/AIDS is a condition that suppresses the immune defenses and the body’s ability to ward off diseases. As an organization caring for the vulnerable, several strategies have been put in place to ensure reduction in coronavirus transmission within and outside the facility. The following steps are taken by all staff and clients alike:
AT THE SECURITY POST:
- To avoid overcrowding and in consonant with the social distancing rule of at least 6 feet/ 2 arms’ length from one another, certain number of people are allowed access into the facility at a time. Others are given seats within the compound, but not inside the building.
- Individuals not wearing facemasks are denied access to the facility.
- The temperature of all individuals entering the facility is checked using the infrared thermometer. Individuals with readings above 37.4⁰C (fever) are held in the restriction area for further evaluation by the doctor and possible referral to appropriate healthcare facility.
- Clients and staff alike are directed to the sink for proper handwashing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
WITHIN THE CLINIC:
- The receptionist should ensure that all clients fill the clients’ COVID-19 checklist and submit to him/her for scoring.
- Clients with scores 6 and above are to be seated and the information conveyed to the doctor for appropriate evaluation and necessary action taken.
- All staff, on arrival, are given the staff COVID-19 safety checklist to fill daily. This is a reminder for staff to follow safe practices at work each day. At the end of working hours, everyone is expected to leave the checklist on the desk for monitoring.
- Are expected to wear facemask, gowns during the working hours, and to maintain safe physical distancing.
- Some staff may need to put on face shield or google and gloves when needed. For instance, during cryotherapy, the doctor is to wear face shield and gloves, in addition to the face mask and gown.
- At designated locations, alcohol-based sanitizers in hands-free dispensers are mounted for use by individuals when need be.
- Clients entering the facility are expected to maintain at least 6 feet/ 2 arms’ length from each other through out their stay in the clinic, while wearing their facemasks and avoiding handshake and hugs.
- Are offered commodities like facemasks and hand sanitizers to ensure safety outside the facility.
- Are advised to either wash their hands or use the hand sanitizers prior to exiting from the clinic to limit spread.
THE CLINIC TEAM:
- Should organize periodic clinical meeting on COVID-19, during which updates/feedbacks/concerns on COVID-19 monitoring within the facility are discussed.
- Should have and make available the contact of NCDC to all staff, for prompt referral of suspected cases.
- During consultations, members of the clinic team are expected to cease the opportunity to enlighten clients on general knowledge and safety measures to combat the spread of COVID-19.
- Should offer clients hand sanitizers, facemasks, and COVID-19 charts/leaflet to promote awareness.