“The only way to slowdown the spread of this deadly disease COVID19 is infection prevention & social distancing. But, how do we do it being at the health facility serving patients who could be infected with COVID19” says Dr. Bisht.

Dr. Nutan Bisht working as Lady Medical Officer (LMO) at a Community Health Centre (CHC) Kichha, block Rudrapur, Distrcit Udham Singh Nagar; one of the Aspirational District (AD) in Uttarakhand was anxious to prevent the health workers, and also patients in these uncertain times.

Kichha is an identified facility under Government of India’s Labour Room Quality Improvement (LaQshya) Initiative catering to approx. 100 deliveries per month and serving a rural area that is far flung with limited access to handholding support and face to face training. Consequent, to the outbreak of COVID19 it became essential to devise a way to orient and sensitize staff with correct information about the disease, major elements of prevention and management of COVID19 cases in Labor Room (LR) and Antenatal Care (ANC) area.

USAID Vriddhi team, a responsible partner to state as well as national government in implementation of LaQshya & Aspirational District initiative, in collaboration with Maternity Foundation developed a new module on COVID19 in their existing Safe Delivery App (SDA) covering major elements of prevention & management of COVID19 cases in LR & ANC. The Safe Delivery App is a smartphone application, that provides direct and instant access to evidence-based and up-to-date clinical guidelines. Infection Prevention forms a cornerstone in the management of COVID 19 including the principles of Universal Precaution which will be so important for all health personnel.