The man in the isolation unit at the moment comes from Kalombayi. This is a village which has had no road access, just a track for bicycles and motorbikes. Martin has had hundreds of people clearing a path so that cars can pass and so that patients can be collected if necessary. He has also had to make three bridges. Today the road was ready so a medical team and a “contact” tracing team went to Kalombayi and Tchitala where there is a woman who has been unwell for a few days. When they got there they decided that she was not a suspect case but then went on to follow up some other stories in the area.
A camera team from the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been making films of some of our work. Yesterday they passed the sprayers on the road to Luebo and stopped to film them. One of them was a bit too close and so when the slightly permeable door of the house was being spraying from the inside, the cameraman and his camera got a shower of chlorine solution!
The film crew also asked our male patient if they could film him on the veranda and he agreed in exchange for a photo. They took one of him sitting on the veranda with four nurses in protective clothing. He was so pleased. Everyone here loves photos.
Every night we have a meeting. Often it starts at around 9 pm, which means that I really struggle to stay awake by the end. The first bit of news today was that the test result for a woman patient was positive. It is probably going to be a really sad story: she is pregnant and is breastfeeding a child. When she started to feel unwell last week she gave the child to her sister to breastfeed.
Tomorrow, a team will go to set up what we call ‘home-based care’ for her. At the moment her brother is refusing to let her come into the isolation unit, so we have to set up various systems to make sure that she can be taken care of at home safely.