This is vitally needed work to sustain the hospital’s operations. “When we registered the first case, the virus was already circulating. Now we need to manage this epidemic and avoid new infections,” says Dr. Andrea Filippin, director of Codogno hospital. “MSF’s support is very important, and we have been learning a lot together in the fight against this virus.”
Among the activities supported by MSF in Codogno hospital is identifying patient and staff flow within the hospital, in order to help separate wards that could be contaminated from the wards that are less at risk.
“This emergency affects us all. For this reason, the response needs teamwork,” says Angelo Rusconi, an MSF water and hygiene logistics expert working in Codogno. “We are sharing our experience in managing large epidemics with our colleagues in Italy, working as one unified team.”
MSF has launched activities in Codogno to support family doctors and health workers, who provide care to patients at home when they do not need hospitalization. MSF is supporting staff at a nursing home for the elderly where some cases emerged. Our teams are also working in other hospitals in Lodi province, where new patients continue to arrive every day.