We have all seen the speed at which the pandemic has spread across the globe and the impact on many countries. We pray for those of you reading this in lock-down situations, isolated and may be frustrated by the effects of the disease and the resulting restrictions. Even more, we remember those of our colleagues in healthcare who are working so hard to care for a seemingly never-ending line of patients.
Uganda had no cases on 19th March but now they are being reported in people who had been to Dubai. Uganda has taken firm measures and has closed schools, banned big meetings, etc to try and avoid the virus getting a foothold. Entebbe airport and all borders are now closed with the exception of cargo planes and limited freight vehicles.
Although thankfully we have not seen any cases in the hospital, Kisiizi has already experienced significant challenges:
Impact of international trade disruption
Impact of exchange rate falls
Impact of the closure of the School of Nursing & Midwifery & Primary School
Impact of cancellation of trips by elective students and groups
Impact on our Community Health Insurance Scheme
What might be the impact of COVID-19 disease in our region?
What level of care will Kisiizi aim to provide COVID-19 suspected cases?
So what contingency plans have been made and what actions is Kisiizi Hospital taking?
PATIENT FLOWS / ALGORITHMS
EQUIPMENT, MEDICATION, AND SUPPLIES
HEALTH EDUCATION for the public
We are liaising with the District Health Officer and his team in Rukungiri and with the Uganda Ministry of Health to have clear procedures e.g. for conducting tests for COVID-19 and for contact tracing follow up.
We are seeking clarification about the implementation of the national regulations. For example, there are not supposed to be meetings or gatherings of more than 10 people. However, we are due to run Mental Health community clinics with much higher numbers. If these are canceled there are risk patients who are currently well controlled may relapse.
To deliver all the above the real need is for financial support. We serve a very poor community so we cannot just increase patient fees.
Any support will help to
We are SO grateful for all who already support Kisiizi with a regular monthly gift. So whilst we are VERY grateful for any one-off gifts, the regular standing order donations help us in planning as we can predict what income will come.
For those who pay UK taxes then donations via Kisiizi Partners can be Gift Aided to attract a further 25% so a big extra contribution. Alternatively, some choose to Gift Aid via their church who then make a donation to Kisiizi.
For others, the choice is between the Kisiizi Hospital National Westminster UK Account or one of our Ugandan accounts. Details are available on www.kisiizihospital.org.ug on the Supporting Kisiizi page.
As we all face uncharted waters and a lot of uncertainty, we remember the power and comfort of these ancient words: “I lift up my eyes to the hills… where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Psalm 121
Thank you for standing with us through these challenges so that we can continue to share Life in all its Fullness with our patients, attendants, staff, and community.
Kisiizi Management Committee