In the immediate response phase, we are working in areas that are most vulnerable or at greatest risk of spread of disease – hospitals and health workers.
With the number of people affected by Covid-19 rising every day along with sharp increase in suspected cases, public health centres, government hospitals, private health centres and isolation units will need to be equipped to handle a larger number of patients and visitors coming to their premises. It is very important to protect those at the frontlines – the doctors, nurses, technicians and hospital staff.
Our interventions includes the following:
Safety of Healthcare workers:
Provision of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) kits to healthcare workers in government hospitals, tertiary hospitals and public health centres to deal with the acute shortage of protective equipment. These kits will include N95 mask, 3 ply disposable masks, fluid shield mask with visor, surgical caps and hoods, surgical goggles, waterproof gown, shoe covers, and nitrile gloves. This is necessary to ensure that the staff does not get infected or transfer the infection within the hospital premises.
Infrastructure at Hospitals
Provision of portable foot-operated or sensor-based handwashing stations at key locations in hospitals, to mitigate risk of contamination. There is no access to handwashing facilities in common areas (one has to go to washrooms for access). Hand washing soaps and sanitizers will be provided for use by all individuals visiting the hospitals. Separate handwash stations will be placed in COVID-19 OPDs for healthcare professionals to use. We will also provide infrastructure like additional tables, chairs and bedding as well as hospital equipment on a case to case basis.
Awareness and Guidance for Patients and Visitors:
The unprecedented footfall at hospitals (especially in government hospital waiting rooms and common areas) means that there is a high risk of further transmission. We aim to install signages and posters with clear directions to all hospital visitors. Setting up of television screens in key locations across the hospital (such as waiting areas), which would repeat handwash instructions, hygiene practices and convey accurate information on identification and prevention of the disease throughout the day. Such awareness will contribute towards our fight against COVID-19 and ease the load on hospital staff.
RATION AND BASIC ESSENTIALS FOR MARGINALISED COMMUNITIES:
Daily wage earners, small business owners and self-employed persons in marginalised communities are already facing the brunt of nationwide lockdowns. With the lockdown expected to last for a minimum of 21 days, and continued restrictions in movement thereafter, they will experience a significant loss of livelihood. We propose to support them and their families through the provision of ration and basic essentials.
Each kit will include items such as:
Food items like: Rice (10 kg), Wheat Flour (10 kg), Tur Dal (3 kg), Moong Dal (2 kg), Cooking Oil (3 litres), Salt (1 kg), Sugar (3 kg), Tea Powder (0.5 kg),
Bathroom and toiletry essentials like: Bathing Soap (5), Washing Soap (3), Toothpaste (1), Sanitary Pads (1 packet), Disinfectant (1), Phenyl (1).
The contents of the kits will suffice for a family of 4-5 persons
for a period of one month