FIGHT COVIDE-19 COMMPAIGN
People globally are being told to wash their hands to fight the spread of coronavirus (COVIDE-19) but in Africa many can’t, experts said, urging states to use the pandemic as a reason to finally push for improvements to water supplies.
Aid workers and advisors said countries should seize the moment ahead of World Water Day on Sunday to reinforce water security on a continent hit by frequent droughts and where many people do not have access to a sink.
But densely populated slums, limited health care facilities, high rates of HIV and tuberculosis (TB) and water shortages caused by drought and poor infrastructure have left governments concerned about the expected spread.
Over the past year, much of the parts of Uganda have experienced changes in climatic condition leading lowest rainfall and unclean or safe water in most of the parts since 1981, according to the United Nations.
The “Pass the message to kick out coronavirus” campaign promotes five key steps in line with WHO guidance, which focuses on hand washing, coughing etiquette, not touching your face, physical distance and staying home if feeling unwell.
Be it through campaigns or funding, Hand to Hand Multi-Purpose Initiative has stood up to the coronavirus, and we need teamwork to combat the coronavirus.
The Five Steps
It starts with your hands, please wash your hands frequently with soap and water or an alcohol-based solution.
Such frequent washing with soap and water, or preferably with an alcohol-based hand solution, kills viruses that may be on your hands. It is simple, but it is very important.
Cover your nose and mouth with a bent elbow or tissue when you sneeze or cough. Dispose of tissue immediately and wash your hands.”
Droplets spread the coronavirus. By following respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from contracting viruses, such as cold, flu and coronavirus.
Avoid touching your face, particularly your eyes, nose or mouth to prevent the virus from entering your body.
Hands touch too many surfaces and can quickly pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your face, from where the virus can move inside your body, making you feel unwell.
In terms of social interaction, take a step back. Stay at least one metre distance from others.
By maintaining such social distancing, you are helping to avoid breathing in any droplets from someone who sneezes or coughs in close proximity.
Feel – know your symptoms
If you feel unwell, stay home. Please follow all instructions provided by your local health authorities.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention and call in advance.
Keep informed as local health authorities provide the latest information on the situation in your area. Please follow their specific instructions, and call in advance to allow them to direct you to the appropriate local health facility. This serves to protect you and to help prevent the spread of virus and other infections.