As a health advocate and primary care physician leader in my community of Baringo, witnessing COVID-19 unfold around the world has pushed me to reimagine how the health system is structured, how I care for my community here at home, and the integration between the two.
A few years back when Ebola struck Uganda, the government set out to train all hospital staff situated between Nairobi and the Ugandan border on response to pandemics and provided stocks of personal protective equipment. Our hospital participated in the training and came together to implement Infection Prevention Control Measures, and also formed a committee that did regular trainings and department checks on adherence. In January of this year, when the World Health Organization sounded the alarm about COVID-19, I was confident we could employ these same lessons and strategies to overcome this new threat. …..more