Burkina Faso reported 885 COVID 19 cases (GMT 13.40 05.06.20). Landlocked Burkina Faso has suffered from recurring droughts and military coups, which have significantly affected the already fragile healthcare system – making a response to coronavirus even more complex and difficult.
Our UK Emergency Medical Team technical expert, Angela Peca is working with the NGO Alliance for Medical Action (ALIMA) to support the Centre Hospitalier Universitaire (CHU)’s response to COVID-19, one of three hospitals in, Ouagadougou, Bukina Faso’s capital.
Angela, a Portuguese nurse and experienced humanitarian, arrived in Burkina Faso towards the end of April. After completing her quarantine, she’s trained over 100 health care staff from the hospital and ALIMA in hygiene and infection protection control. She’s set up an alternative triage system, so that more suspected COVID-19 patients can be seen safely and stop the virus spreading within the hospital.