Sewa Bhawan Hospital, Jagdeeshpur, Chhattisgarh, Central India
“In the state of Chhattisgarh there are only 10 reported cases of COVID, with the first one diagnosed on March 19. So far there are no signs of community spread since we are in lockdown, but we have given all of our staff training on how to handle suspected cases, maintain hygiene, and handle infection control. Everyone entering the hospital campus must wash their hands at our outdoor station.
We have made banners to raise awareness about the virus, and the village leaders have been trained and given awareness materials in their local languages. Village visits are impossible right now since all village entrances are blocked. Our pharmacy is working on local home delivery during this lockdown time.
Sewa Bhawan only has 1 ventilator, 2 infusion pumps, and 4 partially working monitors. We have no Personal Protective Equipment except for gloves and homemade cotton surgical masks. We have added a transparent plastic sheet to the masks as a face shield.
This is an unprecedented situation. Fear is all around and panic is not far away. However, we serve a God who has conquered death. He has called us to stand in the gap and be counted at this time of national emergency. Let us have a spirit not of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind. Please pray for those in leadership who must make hard decisions. Pray for those struggling with anxiety in this difficult time.”
~ Mrs. Merin Thomas, Senior Administrative Officer