Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). From December 2019 to 19 March 2020, there have been at least 218,000 cases worldwide, and at least 8,800 deaths. Taking into account the COVID-19 situation, to restrict the further spread of the disease and to protect the safety of our healthcare workers and patients, the Child Health Research Foundation (CHRF) has decided to temporarily close all research studies till 31 March 2020.
However, we cannot let COVID-19 blur other dangerous endemic diseases like dengue, typhoid, birth asphyxia, non-COVID-19 respiratory illnesses, etc. Therefore, regular patient service and patient diagnostic wings of CHRF will not only remain open but also strengthened to maintain the utmost service and safety.
CHRF is also working towards raising awareness in the community.
The infection is typically spread from one person to another via respiratory droplets produced during coughing and sneezing. Recommended health measures to prevent infection include frequent hand washing, maintaining distance from others, not touching one’s face, avoiding handshakes, etc. However, the general public is not aware of all the precautionary measures that should be taken to prevent exposure and transmission within our communities.
The Child Health Research Foundation has taken the responsibility to train our health care workers (maintaining safety measures), especially in areas where it is common for family members to work abroad and visit families during their time off.
CHRF has made leaflets in Bangla, introducing our rural communities to SARS-CoV-2 and has already distributed about 60,000 copies. In addition, we are also holding small group training sessions to discuss such precautions and proper handwashing techniques with primary health care workers.
CHRF is happy to mail/send printed leaflets to interested communities or institutes for distribution, specifically where social media is not prevalent.
CHRF is closely monitoring the situation and will continue to review all decisions.