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COVID-19: A warning bell on infection prevention

May 6, 2020
COVID-19: A warning bell on infection prevention
A screen grab of a publication on COVID-19 preparedness published on The Lancet on May 6, 2020. .

A new study on COVID-19 preparedness has revealed that health worker infection prevention and control compliance, particularly for hand hygiene and disinfection, is inadequate at Tanzania’s outpatient settings and needs urgent improvement.

These new findings are found in a new study, entitled: ‘Infection prevention and control compliance in Tanzanian outpatient facilities: A cross-sectional study with implications for the control of COVID-19,’ published on the latest edition of The Lancet.

Ifakara Health Institute researcher, Christina Makungu, is among 7 investigators from Tanzania and abroad who conducted a secondary analysis recently of cross-sectional data collected between February 7 and April 5, 2018 during a randomized controlled trial involving 228 private health facilities (including faith-based dispensaries, health centers, and hospitals), in 18 regions of Tanzania.

Commenting on the new findings, Makungu says the new study “serves as a warning bell about COVID preparedness in low resource countries in Africa.” Read more on Christina Makungu and team’s paper here: https://www.thelancet.com/journals/langlo/article/PIIS2214-109X(20)30222-9/fulltext

The scientists urgently call for improvements in provision of supplies and health worker behaviors in the face of the current pandemic. #IHIpublications #IHIshares #IHIresearch