Doctors from the Infectious Diseases Institute carried out a training where they sensitized staff of Diamond Trust Bank (U) Ltd on how to stay safe and take preventative measures to avoid contracting the Corona Virus.
While at the Staff sensitisation, Diamond Trust Bank CEO Mr. Thambi Vargehese noted that as a country, we should be vigilant and heed to the advice of the authorities such that we can prevent and protect ourselves from the virus.
According to one of the representatives from the Infectious Diseases Institute, Dr. Paul Buyego, World Health Organization on the 11th of March declared Corona Virus (COVID-19) a pandemic. As of yesterday over 15,000 cases had been reported.
The Infectious Diseases Institute usually assess institutions like banks since large numbers access these places. During these assessments, staff are usually trained on how to deal with their clients and stay safe.
It was noted that hand washing and sanitizing is the most advised preventative measure each and every one should adhere to. Masks are encouraged to be used by those that are sick to avoid them from spreading their infection or disease. Gloves are useful however those using them should also note that they aren’t safe until they wash their hands as well.
The signs and symptoms of the virus were mentioned ranging from cough, flu to severe respiratory diseases that lead to death. Those with flu symptoms were advised to stay home in isolation to avoid the spread of the disease to those that aren’t infected.
Dr. Elizabeth Katwesigye a Senior Technical Trainer- Physican from the Infectious Diseases Institute re-emphasized that hand hygiene is the most effective preventative measure especially for those that work in areas that have super spreaders like ATM machines, laptops, cell phones, etc.
In the case that one doesn’t have access to water and soap, a hand sanitizer with alcohol of 65% and above were encouraged and a demonstration on how to properly sanitize was done.