18 May 2020

“We are living in fear but we trust in the protection of the Lord”


 

Sister Felicia was born in Helfi – Todome Volta Region, Ghana -. She started her postulancy in 1995 in St Francis Xavier Hospital. After that, she continued her journey as Sister Hospitaller in Elmina and came back to Foso in 2005. Monrovia and now Dompoase are centres where she has served too. She learnt Spanish in the mother’s home of the congregation, Ciempozuelos, Madrid, and she also speaks English, Fante and Twi. She has worked in the Nurse & Midwife departments and now, she is in charge of the department for children who suffer from mental illness.

The most worrying thing so far is the fact that there is no supply of PPE from the government to the hospitals and clinics in rural areas yet.

How are you coping with COVID-19?

We are following the preventative measures that the government and WHO has put in place. Washing hands with soap under running water regularly, no handshaking, covering of mouth when sneezing and coughing, and staying home, and advising our families to do the same.

At the moment, the day centre is closed due to the coronavirus and following Government of Ghana directives.

How has your life changed since the outbreak?

Life has changed a lot. Now when you go out, you have to be more careful not to touch anybody because you don’t know who has the disease and who doesn’t have it.

Although the children are not coming to school the hospital is running its normal duties and following the measures that have been prescribed by the government and WHO.

How has your routine changed? Is it difficult to adapt to the changes?

We can’t go out for mass. We don’t go out unless it is absolutely necessary and this is done with great care, and only to buy basic necessities.

It is not difficult to adapt to the changes because before Ghana recorded any cases, we introduced measures by educating the patients who come to the hospital on a daily basis with videos and talks.

What has been the most worrying thing so far?

The most worrying thing so far is the fact that there is no supply of Personal Protective Equipment from the government to the hospitals and clinics in rural areas yet. Therefore, these facilities have to buy their PPE at a very high cost.

How do you feel?

We are living in fear but we trust in the protection of the Lord. The sisters have intensified our prayers and helped in encouraging people who are panicking because of this pandemic.

Is there anything you would like to say to the Sisters Hospitallers community?

We want to encourage each one of the sisters and co-workers to take the precautions of their respective countries seriously. Please, if possible let us all stay at home and keep praying for God’s protection and deliverance. We trust with the help of God we shall overcome the storms of this coronavirus together.