From April 25-27, staff members from Mercy Hospital and the Child Reintegration Centre traveled to five villages to distribute hand washing stations and educate communities on COVID-19 prevention. At this point, 178 cases of COVID have been identified in Sierra Leone, mostly in the capital city of Freetown, but the virus is beginning to spread throughout the country, in spite of travel restrictions and other safety measures put in place by the government in late March.
On behalf of their communities, the village chiefs of Fengehun, Yamandu, Manguama, Mattru on the Rail, and Sami gratefully received Veronica buckets, collecting buckets, and bars of hand soap to outfit their villages with hand washing stations. Dr. Aruna Stevens and other Mercy Hospital personnel conducted health education classes for each village to raise awareness about the corona virus. Dr. Stevens and staff taught and demonstrated prevention protocols such as social distancing, hand washing, and coughing technique.
The CRC estimates that more than 2,300 people benefited from the distribution and education. They will continue to supply Bo and the surrounding communities for the duration of the COVID outbreak.