The coronavirus keeps the whole world on tenterhooks. The team at Rhine Valley Hospital has also had to adjust to the pandemic. It has developed a catalog of measures to protect both employees and patients. It does its part to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
When the coronavirus also began to spread in Kenya, the government took measures to protect the population. In areas with high levels of infection, it has imposed curfews and conducted mass testing. It is mandatory to wear a protective mask in public places.
Covering the nose and mouth with a mask is also mandatory for all those people who enter Rhine Valley Hospital.
A second rule issued by the government that affects hospital operations is the monitoring of body temperature at the gate to the area. A medical worker measures the body temperature of each person who enters the site. This applies to those people who seek medical help in hospital or obtain medication, but also to those who draw drinking water for their households at the well.
In the event that someone is found to have an increase in temperature, a brief history will follow. A medical staff member elicits whether the individual has recently been in an area affected by coronavirus. The health care worker will also ask if the person has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, is in quarantine, or is showing signs of illness, such as difficulty breathing, sore throat, or cough.
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, they are referred for direct communication with the Ministry of Health to be examined at the government hospital for coronary cases.
The team at Rhine Valley Hospital is hoping for the best and is prepared for worse.