During the reporting week, IPC pillar continues to strengthen coordination with Case Management and RCCE pillar, WASH Cluster and other sectors at national and state levels. Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for IPC in Health Care facilities was completed and endorsed by National Steering Committee for use. A draft SOP for IPC in communities and public places expected to be finalized in the coming week. Other IPC WASH activities implemented included integrating hygiene promotion and COVID-19 risk communication messaging, improving access to PPEs and WASH commodities, improving WASH facilities, training and mentorship on COVID-19 IPC measures, medical waste management, disinfection and support to triage and screening.
Challenges and lesson learnt: Response to the COVID 19 require integrated approach among sectors and partners working in a location especially health facilities as IPC alone will not be adequate to address the response challenge. Many of the facilities supported IPC WASH have limited staff and medical supplies to keep facilities running. IPC supplies and PPEs are in limited quantities to allow for bulk distribution in selected health facilities and other communities identified at risk. Under reporting by implementing partners affecting gaps analysis and overall partners mapping.
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