COVID-19 is a disease caused by the novel corona virus. The disease was first reported in Wuhan province of the Republic of China and has to date spread throughout the world and various parts of the country.
Infected person may show symptoms such as fever, a dry cough and body weakness. Symptoms can take up to 14 days to manifest.
The symptoms may be mild in certain individuals and thereby clear without specialised treatment. Such patients are advised to stay at home and self isolate. However, those exhibiting more than mild symptoms are advised to seek medical attention.
How does it spread?
The novel Corona virus spreads through droplets when an infected person coughs or sneezes or exhales. Please note that it has been established by the WHO that the virus is not airborne. The droplets are weighty and as such do not linger in the air but rather fall to the ground or nearest surface.
Infection occurs when an individual comes into contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive or by touching contaminated surfaces, and there after touching their eyes, nose or mouth.
Christamarianne Response to COVID-19
COVID-19 is a fatal disease especially to the immuno-compromised and the elderly. In order to join the fight to contain its effect in the country, Christamarianne Mission Hospital has made the following response
Effective immediately only staff and authorized persons will be permitted to access the facility grounds.
Normal visitation hours have been affected by the Coronavirus pandemic. In that regard the visitation of patients has been restricted.
Persons permitted to access the premises of the facility must have high standards of personal hygiene.
Staff and patients are encouraged to either sanitize or hand wash every time they feel so. Water fronts have been erected at all corners of the facility to facilitate the same.
Staff and patients are encouraged to wear face masks at all times and observe social distancing of close to 1.5m.
What can you do?
As of this writing, COVID-19 has neither cure nor a vaccine. There is a global pursuit to develop a vaccine that will keep this pandemic in check. Meanwhile, to lessen the spread of corona virus, we are advised to
Stay at home if possible
Avoid overcrowding in a particular spot
Maintain a social distance of 1.5m to 2m apart
Clean touch surfaces with disinfectant
Wear protective gear such as gloves, masks, facial shields and PPEs
Further information can be accessed locally through the Ministry of Health or the World Health Organization. Get access to the national hotline set up by the Government of Kenya, through the Ministry of Health by dialling 719 or *719# on your phone.
FSJ Christamarianne Mission Hospital’s medical laboratory received ISO 15189:2012 accreditation from the Kenya Accreditation Service (KENAS). The recognition follows the spirited process of the hospitals management and laboratory staff in ensuring that the department conforms to international guidelines.
ISO 15189:2012 is a set of international standards formulated by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). ISO 15189:2012 touches on the competence of medical laboratories to deliver services in terms of but not limited to: a medical laboratories quality services, its managements systems, the staff technical competence and the calibration of instruments.
The award follows vigorous preparation by the management and staff through formal applications, on–site assessments and thorough examination of the laboratories quality and management systems.
The recognition shows that Christamarianne Mission Hospital’s Laboratory is a legally identifiable entity and also appropriately registered as a medical laboratory that offers services according to international standards.
Medical laboratory tests are vital in the patient journey because they play a critical role in informing the patient and medical personnel of any underlying issues. Moreover, laboratory test results play a critical role in decision making therefore its importance cannot be taken for granted. There is no room for error.
Patients ought to perform tests from medical laboratories that are standardised and that conduct tests with minimal error and according to international standards.
This Accreditation formally recognises a Christamarianne Mission Hospital’s Medical Laboratory as commendable, and therefore members of the public are encouraged to identify and select Christamarianne as the facility of choice to receive testing and measurement services that meet customer needs.
The Global Emergency Care Skills (GECS) organization trained over a hundred healthcare workers at Christmarianne Mission Hospital in emergency care and trauma skills. The training took place in the month of February 2020 and ran for close to four days. The aim of the training was to demonstrate how medics ought to respond to emergency and trauma, and also impart the necessary skills to save lives.
GECS is an Irish voluntary, non-profit organization with the objective of providing emergency care training to doctors and nurses in countries with developing healthcare systems with the aim of keeping morbidity and mortality in check.
Learning was accomplished through seminars, workshops, group discussions and question and answer sessions. A large portion of the training involved simulation of life threatening incidences using mannequins (medical simulation dolls).
GECS does not charge any fees to train healthcare workers. The organization is an NGO and relies on donor funding to conduct such valuable training sessions. Their trainings are funded through voluntary contributions from instructors and from fundraising activities.
In addition, GECS donated a book to the facility library titled ECG Interpretation, it’s easier when you know how by Dr. Richard Lynch. The book is a must have for students and practitioners to improve their knowledge of ECG interpretation.
Christamarianne Mission Hospital has acquired state of the art Dialysis equipment. The equipment will go a long way into the treatment of renal conditions. It will also assist the facility cater for patients in need of this services at the hospital instead of constant referrals. Moreover, those with NHIF corresponding packages will be able to benefit from the same.
The acquisition is part of the roadmap to making the facility the best choice in heath treatment in Kisii County and beyond. The three bed renal unit has advanced equipment, spacious rooms and will be managed round the clock attendance by specialised nurses.
In-centre haemodialysis requires the patient to visit a dialysis centre a number of times per week. It uses a machine to filter your blood and clear toxins from your kidneys. In-centre haemodialysis offers several potential benefits, which include the chance to socialize with other patients and staff, a personalized care team and no supplies to store at home.