The Permanent Secretary Dr. Agiriye M. Harry received Preventive Protective Equipment from M. Salleh and Company Limited today 9th April, 2020. Together we can remain protected from COVID-19.
RSPHCMB distributes Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and
Information, Education and Campaign ( IEC) Materials to Primary Health Centres in the 23 LGAs of the State
CORONA VIRUS DISEASE 2019 (COVID-19)
Steps Primary Health Facilities are taking to provide services
Since the outbreak of the deadly virus COVID-19, the Rivers State Primary Health Care Management Board has taken critical steps to ensure that its staff and patients are safe. Amongst other things, the Board has taken the following proactive steps to curb the spread of Corona Virus in the State.
- The State Emergency Operation Center (EOC), Nigeria Center for Disease Control (NCDC), World Health Organisation (WHO), and leading learning institutions are our sources of reliable and up to date information. Also, we have strong working relationship with stakeholders in the health sector to promote information sharing, emergency plans and response activities.
How Prepared Are We?
- We have developed and produced an emergency protocol for our facilities. This is to prepare as many staff as possible to be available, because of staff absenteeism associated with COVID-19 outbreak.
- We have also created isolation points for suspected cases of COVID-19 in primary health centers.
- Contact numbers for an emergency have been shared (08031888093, 08033124314, 09041338600, 08098679953)
Crisis Communication Management
- Produced and distributed protocol for handling suspected cases of COVID-19 in primary health centers.
- Produced and distributed information, education and communication posters, and handbills about COVID-19 to our clients/patients.
Protection of Primary Health Care Workers
- Patients and visitors should be screened for symptoms of acute respiratory illness (e.g. fever, cough, difficulty in breathing) before given access to the facility.
- NCDC is training primary health care workers on case management for COVID-19, Infection Prevention and Control (IPC) and risk management.
- Carried out needs assessment for infra-red thermometers, PPEs, and other essential supplies; and procured some of them to reduce the gap.
- Encouraged non-essential staff and those who develop respiratory symptoms not to report to work.
Distribution of protocol for handling suspected cases of COVID-19 in primary health centers and information, education and communication posters and handbills about COVID-19 to our clients/patients
Care and Protection of Patients/Clients
- Separating clients with fever and/or respiratory symptoms from routine clients as they visit our health facilities.
- Prevent patients/clients with health conditions that can be treated at home from coming to the facilities.
- Adjusted the number of facilities and hours of operation to optimise service delivery during the outbreak period.
- All facilities are to provide immunization services on appointment dates.
- Three or four facilities per LGA with a complement of trained staff on Infection Prevention and Control (IPC), PPE and infra-red thermometers are to provide 24 hours service for individuals and families. However, all primary health facilities in Port Harcourt and Obio Akpor LGAs will remain open and operational pending further direction from the Board.