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UNRWA COVID-19 HEALTH BRIEF UPDATE
2 June 2020

Please read WHO's recommendation below on using disinfectant solutions as spray on the body to protect against COVID-19 virus.
Please check WHO's Coronavirus (COVID-19) ] dashboard for statistical updates by following the link here or bellow
Highlights
  • Effective 1 June 2020, and in line with the Jordan Field Office reversed business continuity plan, all HCs will continue the current services for NCD patients and to resume additional services while maintaining infection prevention and control measures optimal to protect all from COVID-19 infection. In addition, it was decided to resume the growth monitoring services for all infants and children visiting the HCs for immunization services.
  • Movement is allowed, other than Fridays, during 08:00 am to 07:00 pm.
  • MoH launched a mobile application called “Aman” (“Safety”), which alerts users when they are suspected of being exposed to COVID-19 by contacting a person who is diagnosed with this condition, and help track their contacts after that.
  • The government started to gradually ease the restrictions on movement and on the resumption of many businesses.
  • The Health Programme resumed Family Planning services and to issue NCD medicines to NCD patients or their representatives inside the health centers in parallel to immunization services.
Highlights
  • The Lebanese government has extended its ‘general mobilization’ measures until 7 June. Public institutions started to operate according to normal working hours. Schools, gyms, and public parks remain closed. A curfew runs from 19:00 until 05:00.
  • People must wear masks in public places with a fine 50,000 LL upon non-compliance.
  • UNRWA health centers are open from 08:00 until 14:00.
  • All health centers have been triaged to separate patients with respiratory symptoms from those who have other medical concerns (NCD, maternal health, etc.). All services are offered except oral health only for emergency cases.
  • Patients are required to make an appointment by phone before coming to the clinic.
  • Health centres are offering critical services only  to reduce crowdedness, and this resulted in the reduction in the number of visitors to health centers has dropped by 60% (1500-2000 patients in all HCs).
Highlights
  • The Syrian government has decided to end the curfew and to reduce restrictions on movement.
  • All UNRWA health centres are functional normally, and Qaber Essit HC (and camp ) is no longer under isolation, the HC is working well with all its staff.
  • All HCs continue to implement the triage system to isolate patients with respiratory symptoms from others, and only urgent cases are referred to hospitals.
  • Hotlines are functional and offer telemedicine services to patients before they visit the HCs,
  • Staff at all HCs continue to offer health awareness to patients.
  • The provision of psychosocial support to staff continues by 15 psychosocial counselors.
Highlights
  • Darwish Nazal Hospital in Qalqilia (MOH) was opened yesterday and the load on UNRWA hospital (Qalqilia) is relieved.
  • Restrictions on movement were removed, and most public places are opened as before the crisis. The main challenge as a source for the transmission of COVID-19 is the workers coming from the Green Line and those who work in the settlements.
  • All health centres (HCs) and health points (HP) are operating as usual.
  • Dental and physiotherapy services has been resumed for emergency cases only.
  • Full NCD services were resumed including all lab tests (according to TI), however screening was postponed until the next phase (4).
  • The health advice hotline  lines are  functioning  in three areas.
  • Home visits to the homes of disabled cases continued.
  • UNRWA HCs resumed the registration of new antenatal cases as and women with high-risk pregnancies.
  • Psychosocial counselors returned to HCs to support health staff there and to answer hotlines’ phone calls.
Highlights
  • All health centres continue working with prioritized (most critical) services.
  • By the end of 1 June, the total number of medical consultations in the medical points were 83,845, and 27,825 calls were received through toll free line. In addition, 18,674 cases benefited from home delivery of NCD medicines to patients aged over 70 and/or with diabetes continues.
  • Home visits for disabled cases elderly, injured , mental health cases)  from 31 March until 1 June  were 395 visits.
  • The number of follow-up phone calls by health staff to patients since 29 April until 1 June is 39,998.
  • All HCs resumed registration of new antenatal cases as well as some urgent physiotherapy services (an additional category was added on 11 May).
  • It is planned to resume work at the field office with 20 % of staff.
Important Note to All Staff
Using disinfectant solutions as spray on the body to protect against COVID-19 virus 
WHO DOES NOT recommend spraying individuals with disinfectant. This practice would not reduce the potential transmission of the COVID-19 virus from an infected person to others. Even if someone who is infected with COVID-19 goes through a disinfection tunnel or chamber, or was simply sprayed with the disinfectant solution, they can still spread the virus as soon as they start speaking, coughing, or sneezing. The spraying of a disinfectant solution could be harmful as well for eyes, skin, lungs, and digestive systems because of the chemicals in the spray, such as the chlorine found in sodium hypochlorite which is recommended to be used in disinfectant solutions.
A photo from UNRWA HCs in the five fields of operations
West Bank
A nurse is providing vaccination to a child at Biddou HC, West Bank, during this COVID-19 pandemic.  The child’s mother wears a mask as a precaution to protect herself, and her child, from possible transmission of respiratory infections, especially COVID-19. More strict precautions are taken by the health staff, the nurse, at this HC who is wearing full personal protective equipment, the same as the practice all UNRWA HCs in all fields. 
More Info
 For any questions, please email us at: unrwa-covid19@unrwa.org.
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