PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV & AIDS GIVEN 3 MONTH MEDICATION

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BY CHEPKEIY.

People living with HIV/AIDS and Non communicable diseases have been supplied with three month medications to minimise their exposure within the health facilities as a great measure to avoid them in contact with the spread of COVID-19,Medecins Sans Frontieres-Doctors without borders (MSF) in Kenya have revealed.

Through an interview Dr. Mohammed Musoke Medical coordinator for MSF Kenya said their aim is to ensure all their existing programmes runs smoothly and effective for patients and vulnerable communities that are under their support.

MSF Doctors attends to Obstetric patient in Mombasa. PHOTO. MSF FILE

“One of our Key priorities is to keep our existing medical programes running for patients and vulnerable communities we support ;Mother’s will continue to give birth and people will still need emergency medical care during this outbreak”, Musoke lamented.

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Musoke said MSF is working with the health departments in the six counties where it runs medical programmes which includes Embu,Mombasa,Garissa , Nairobi and Homa Bay unto it’s aim is to provide effective information to the health workers to help tackle the pandemic disease.

MSF reports that has provided three month of ARV treatments to the HIV patients to avoid overcrowding and their expose at the Homa Bay Referal Hospital while 4,000 patients with Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs) who enrolled themselves in eleven Embu based health facilities have benefitted through the programme.

According to the Lili-Marie Wangari Emergency preparedness coordinator for MSF said they are deeply concern on the lives of the vulnerable groups across the nation .

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“Informal settlements ,refugee camps and other vulnerable groups in Kenya are at high risk to the spread of the Virus this includes Mathere and Kibera slums and Dadaab Camps where people at this places tend to overcrowd and cannot access to basic sanitizers like water”,Wangari said.

Wangari disclose that MSF has deployed teams of staff to create awareness ,set up screening and triage ,and to ensure public adhered to health measures that has been put across through megaphone in Kibra South Health centre.

“In Degahaley camp in Dadaab MSF has set up 10 bed isolation ward that can be expanded to about 40 bed if needed as a great preparedness towards curbing the virus if reported at the camp”, Wangari added .

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According to Anne Cuigier head of MSF mission in Kenya term the CORONA as a great destroyer of the world .
“Pandemic has brought great menace to the world ,all advance health system has been overwhelmed by this outbreak and the assistance to nations in curbing the spread of the virus is needed and as the MSF we have partner with health sector to ensure this disease is contain “, Cuigier said.

MSF also said they have installed 60 water points for hand washing to Kibra and Mathare slums in Nairobi to ensure that all people wash the hands and ensure high standards if hygiene .

ENDS.

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