Fighting COVID-19 on the frontline in Congo
When patients sick with COVID-19 started appearing at the Democratic Republic of Congo's Provincial Hospital in Goma, North Kivu, last year, nurse Jeanne moved out of her family's home to continue caring for those in need without putting her children's health at risk.
“ The hospital is a very dangerous place for
nursing staff," says her son Kasereka. “I'm very
proud of my mother's work," Kasereka says,
"because she is doing everything to help the
whole world to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. ”
"She is like a superhero who saves lives," adds Jeanne's son Achile.
Jeanne’s workplace is less dangerous since she was vaccinated with one of the 1.7 million-plus doses of COVID-19 vaccines the DRC received following a UNICEF delivery in March.
But with the contagious Delta variant spreading quickly across the country, COVID-19 deaths amongst adults, and this time even children, is rising every day. It is up to incredible and dedicated frontline health workers like Jeanne to help support the recovery of these communities. But this leaves their health and their families health especially vulnerable.
Vaccines empower nurses like Jeanne to be there to protect not only their families, but every family in their community against the pandemic.
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