NPH Honduras Highlights Its Heroes Amid the Coronavirus Crisis
Even before coronavirus descended on the nation, NPH Honduras implemented preventive measures to ensure the health of its children.
March 20, 2020 - Honduras
The latest coronavirus has grabbed the world's attention. But what about those who already serve in the care and protection some of the most vulnerable in society? At NPH Honduras, we consider them heroes.
We have approximately 300 employees working daily at NPH Honduras, giving their best to more than 400 children with a background of vulnerability and sometimes trauma. They come to us from situations that compromised their safety—especially our children, adolescents, and young adults with special needs and the elderly who reside at Rancho Santa Fe and at Casa Angeles in Tegucigalpa.
A higher caregiver-to-child ratio plus other staff involved in the care of the children is usually a good thing—not so when dealing with a contagious illness like COVID-19. The Honduran government, after diagnosing nine cases in the span of six days according to the National Department of Health, moved to establish a military curfew starting 17 March and lasting one week. As of 20 March 2020, there are 24 confirmed cases of the virus (according to Johns Hopkins University).
Though the government’s decision has paralyzed many sectors of society, the NPH mission does not stop. There is a group of staff at NPH Honduras who are nurses, doctors, security personnel, and caregivers. These days, they have another name: hero. In spite of the crisis, they work harder than usual.
"While all this happens, the NPH family continues to ensure the provision of essential food and care for the most vulnerable and needy in our society’’, says Dr. Edwin Vallecillo, NPH International Director of Medical Services.
Meanwhile, inside the NPH Honduras home, preventive measures have been taken to ensure the well-being of the children, young adults, and elderly, such as:
- Controlling the flow of people on the NPH Honduras campus throughout the day
- Monitoring that children consistently wash their hands using appropriate techniques
- Taking children’s temperature periodically throughout the home
- Monitoring if any child has symptoms related to COVID-19.
More than 250,000 people around the world are battling confirmed cases of COVID-19, a huge and alarming number; however, the NPH Honduras family says prayers for those people to be healed. We pray this crisis that has changed the course of daily life ends soon and we pray for those who risk their lives to serve others in need.
NPH Honduras would like to recognize the heroes putting themselves on the frontline of this battle in our homes and around the world. We say a big ‘thank you’ from the entire NPH family.
Please support our NPH homes during this time of need. Any help you can give is well received and accepted graciously. Please visit nph.org for more information.
Communications Officer, NPH Honduras