With the rapid spread of COVID-19 in Mumbai, MSF has increased training of healthcare staff and prioritised infection prevention and control measures, screening, and triage. We are establishing an improved referral process for treatment and isolation of patients with COVID-19 symptoms within 28 informal settlements.
MSF staff in Bihar are supporting the Nalanda Medical College Hospital by setting up a new facility and converting a sports hall for use by patients with mild to moderate COVID-19 symptoms. We expect to start admitting and treating patients from mid-June, in addition to running community health promotion and education activities.
In Bihar we are also supporting the Bihar State Government by providing crucially needed personal protective equipment for frontline healthcare workers. This includes N-95 masks, eye/face protection, gloves and high-quality body protection. In addition, we’re assisting testing activities by providing the solutions necessary to transport samples of the virus collected from COVID-19 patients.
In Kashmir, outpatient departments at all hospitals—including MSF mental health clinics—are currently closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19. MSF teams are continuing to provide psychological support via mobile phone consultations. In Manipur, MSF is distributing food to the homeless and to intravenous drug users. Our HIV and TB clinics are operating under reduced hours, and staff are working to ensure all patients have a three-month supply of their essential medications.