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Folasade Ogunsola, a Professor of Microbiology based at the CDC said during the meeting that there is no use having whole-body coverage with PPE like the case is for Ebola since the coronavirus only affects the respiratory system.
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Public health expert
Prof. Freddie Ssengooba has cautioned government to carefully consider what is
feasible for the country in the fight against Coronavirus Disease COVID-19 at
a time when the world is awash of many untested options to control further
transmission of the disease.
SSengooba who sits on the advisory committee of the National
COVID-19 taskforce says that for Personal
Protective Equipment (PPE) for instance, a health worker treating a positive
case only needs a face shield and observing hand hygiene.
However, he adds, interventions have
been too commercialized to the extent that doctors are now unaware of what
protective gear works for which infection.
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He says gear that covers the face area is enough for
a respiratory infection like COVID -19 but people have borrowed the more expensive
PPE model for Ebola that is designed for very infectious diseases.
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Ssengooba’s concerns were re-echoed at the latest webinar by
the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa-CDC) where experts said that some aspects of PPE have no usefulness at all in terms of offering protection.
Folasade Ogunsola, a Professor of Microbiology based at the
CDC said during the meeting that there is no use having whole-body coverage
with PPE like the case is for Ebola since the coronavirus only affects the
“Why would a health worker use shoe covers as PPE in the
management of COVID confirmed cases?” she wondered, “There’s no usefulness”.
As the debate on what PPE is appropriate or not
continues, medical workers under the Uganda Medical Association have previously encouraged health workers to lay down their tools if the government is failing to offer them adequate protection
while at work.
Speaking to URN on Friday, Dr Paul Stephen Ayella Ataro,
the Vice President of the Association said they had already secured part of the USD 300,000 that they plan to collect from the fundraising drive they
started last week to procure PPE for medical workers.
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Their fears, he says, arise from the fact that over 22,000
health workers have contracted COVID -19 and hundreds have died in the line of duty
treating patients and yet the Ministry of Health is struggling to provide them
the necessary PPE.
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The most important PPE according to the association is the
N95 Respirator masks or their alternative, FFP2 masks; surgical masks, eye
protection (goggles and face shields), gloves and disposable gowns.