NPH Mexico Adopts COVID-19 Safeguards While Upholding the Call to Serve
Children and employees receive training on prevention and safety in the fight against coronavirus. Meanwhile, the NPH Mexico family continues to grow.
March 26, 2020 - Mexico
Much of Mexico is still awakening to the magnitude of COVID-19. NPH Mexico, however, has been more proactive and cautious, in part, by keeping its eye on the novel coronavirus for some time and preparing strategies to help prevent spread of the virus in our homes.
Mexico confirmed its first three cases 28 February 2020: two men from Mexico City and another from Sinaloa. Since then, like in other countries, the virus just keeps spreading. As of 26 March, according to Johns Hopkins University, Mexico has confirmed 475 cases of COVID-19, six deaths, and nearly 800 suspected cases. Three hot spots include Mexico City and the states of Jalisco and Nuevo León, the latter being where our university students reside in the city of Monterrey.
Morelos, the state where our homes in Miacatlán and Cuernavaca are located, confirmed its first two cases 19 March—a 54-year-old woman from Cuautla and a 37-year-old man from Cuernavaca.
However, the NPH Mexico family has been working closely with our medical staff to implement cleanliness and hygiene protocols and social distancing guidelines in each of the homes to ensure our children and employees safety.
First and foremost, the NPH Mexico medical team began by teaching everyone the correct way to wash their hands. Doctors have also given talks about how the virus spreads and the importance of remaining calm and not letting our guard down. Everyone is constantly cleaning the house, rooms, and offices. Anti-bacterial hand gel has become our closest friend, especially when we do not have immediate direct access to a bathroom to wash our hands.
Although traditional classes are suspended, children are not losing out on their education. Teachers have been working hard to prepare learning material for students to use to continue their studies in their homes. Children also have a daily routine that involves cleaning the house and doing their homework and some recreational activities, which the children enjoy the most, to keep hearts and minds fresh. Staff now eat lunch in a separate place from the children, an effort to reduce the risk of contagion.
In short, everyone in NPH Mexico is taking the prescribed preventive measures seriously.
The NPH Mexico family understands everyday life cannot stop in the face of a pandemic. We must continue doing what we do best: creating a loving home and providing top quality care to vulnerable children, adolescents, and young adults.
Despite the crisis, NPH Mexico was able to welcome six sisters and four brothers into the family. They currently live apart from other children at NPH Mexico until the social work and medical teams can learn more about where they are from and their health conditions. Therefore, they have not yet had their formal welcome into the NPH family.
The NPH Mexico family is very grateful to all our godparents and donors who keep supporting us, even while battling hardships of their own. Nonetheless, the children and staff send their love. We understand things may become harder for us all, but we declare this is a time to strengthen our bond around the globe.
We are, after all, 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 Mexico