Sr Georgina has been a Sister Hospitaller since 1988. She graduated in nursing from Ghana University of Nurses, and she also studied religious sciences in Rome. She has spent most of her time as Sister Hospitaller in Africa, and she can speak English, Italian, Spanish and Twi, her mother tongue.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
I’m Sr Georgina Donzing. The Sister In-Charge of St. Francis Xavier Hospital, Assin Foso.
How are you coping and feeling?
I am doing well and hopeful because I know God will answer our prayers for a vaccine or medicine to be discovered soon.
How has your life changed since the outbreak?
My life and routine have not changed much, I still move around the hospital to observe situations, visit the wards and interact with patients and visitors. I’m living carefully so as not to contract the disease. In Ghana, there has not been a total lockdown yet.
There is pre-triage at the entrance for screening and detecting suspected cases before they have access to the OPD.
What measures are you taking to avoid getting infected?
I adhere strictly to the frequent handwashing protocols, I insist that everyone visiting the office washes their hands. Also, I don’t shake hands with people. I am very careful with how close I come into contact with people. I take social distancing very seriously.
What has it changed regarding protocols at the hospital?
The facility is so far coping well, even though the preparation and preventive mechanism are draining the finances of the hospital. Measures have been put in place to stop the spread of the disease. There is pre-triage at the entrance of the facility for screening and detecting suspected cases before they have access to the OPD. There are handwashing stations created all over the hospital to encourage handwashing for both patients and staff. Also, a lot of PPEs have been procured for all the staff especially the front liners.
I feel very bad and worried about this outbreak. Because I’m in charge of the hospital, I am concerned about the well-being of the numerous staff under my leadership; hoping, praying and putting in measures to avoid any them contracting this disease.
Is it difficult to adapt to the changes and how are you following the updates to include them in your daily life and work?
Frequent handwashing is something that we as a hospital always encourage; this disease has only made us practice it even more.
What are you doing to keep the patients safe?
As early as 4th February -even before the first case was recorded in Ghana- the Quality Assurance and Clinical Monitoring Team organised a training workshop for all staff where they were educated on the coronavirus as well as training on Infection Prevention and Control. We also embark on public education on the radio stations in town on disease prevention.
Also, we are very strict with visiting hours. We allow a patient to receive only one visitor at a time
What has being the most worrying thing so far?
The usage of the PPEs and the hike in the prices of consumables, especially as NHIS has not reimbursed the facility for a year now. Our partners, pharmaceutical companies that we purchase goods from, have also refused to give us credit.
Is there anything you would like to say to Sisters Hospitallers community?
I wish to encourage the Sisters to continue with the prayer adorations, the rosary and other prayers. I also want to advise that they adhere to the WHO protocols on disease prevention.