While we enjoyed the break of Covid from midJune-August, we knew it would come back, especially with the Delta Variant increasing the case numbers all over the world. The beginning of September is when Covid came back to Kudjip, and it seems to be hitting us harder than it did last time. In just over a month's time we have already diagnosed over 140 patients, and our RIW has had as many as 22 patients in it at one time (18 was the most in the first wave). We have already made plans to have an additional RIW to allow us to have as many as 40 patients who need oxygen as they fight to recover from Covid.
Thankfully, at the end of April last year, we were able to start vaccinating our staff and high risk patients, while not everyone got vaccinated, over half of our staff did, and so when this second wave came, more of us were as protected as we could be. The 2nd wave has certainly hit us harder, with over 25 of our staff getting Covid at about the same time. Thankfully, so far, our staff have had mild illnesses and haven't been hospitalized. We have been struggling to keep all our services open because of the staff who are out, and so just this week, we have had to scaledown our services to just emergencies only. We are hoping that in the next few days, we can either combine two of our wards so that we can have some extra staff to keep us going, or more of our staff are able to rejoin the work force.
Please keep praying for all affected by Covid around the world, and for all the medical providers who don't just have Covid patients - but have all the regular patients too who need our help.