How Covid-19 Response Teams Cause Stigma To Volunteers

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Community Health Volunteers have expressed some of their fears and worries in facing and handling persons suspected to be having  Covid-19 disease.

Susan Wambui Macharia a CVH from Kosovo area in Mathare Constituency says that majority of them feared handling them due to lack of PPEs and the knowledge about the disease that is killing hundreds of thousands across the world.

Speaking to Ghetto Radio News, Macharia says that personnel from the Ministry of Health handling Covid-19 cases have also contributed to stigma associated with Covid-19.

“Some of the ministry of health Covid-19 response team members who come for Covid-19 patients have also instilled fear in us in the way that they act and even dress,” says Macharia.

Macharia says that they have however been trained by the Ministry of Health and that they now have a better understanding on how to deal with the virus.

The Ministry of Health in partnership with other organization conducted Covid-19 training for community health volunteers drawn from Mathare and other surrounding slums.

The training that took more than four days with more than 50 CHVs benefiting from it.

Kenya has so far confirmed 16,268 cases of coronavirus with 274 deaths.

Experts say that people with underlying illness are the most susceptible to the virus.

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