The first cases of COVID-19 were registered in south Kyrgyzstan on March 18. The Government declared an emergency situation mode in the south on March 18 and expanded it nationwide on March 22.
Eye care units of all partner hospitals are working reduced hours accepting only emergency patients. Some of them are also short-staffed because personnel over the age of 65 are required to stay home on vacation or leave without pay. Some ophthalmologists from partner hospitals are taking care of patients with suspected coronavirus infection at an observation centers or assisting at the sanitary-quarantine posts. On April 1, partner Family Medical Centers (FMCs) in Osh region were closed, but in March FMC-based ophthalmologists were helping family doctors to fight against COVID-19. In case of increase in the number of coronavirus patients, ophthalmologists from FMCs will be sent to assist in units with coronavirus patients.
Project staff and volunteers actively involved in RCSK’s response to COVID-19. The Project volunteers are also engaged in information campaigns on prevention of coronavirus, disinfection of facilities, sewing masks, as well as packaging and distribution of food aid to vulnerable groups.
Eye Care Project Coordinator
Red Crescent Society of Kyrgyzstan