UNICEF supports hygiene facilities at Lubombo Referral Hospital

UNICEF has provided for three mobile showers to help the 34 (14 males and 20 female) patients to maintain good hygiene.

Boniswa Dladla
Picture of the facade of a hospital
UNICEF Eswatini/2020
09 May 2020

To improve hygiene in health facilities currently providing support to COVID-19 patients, UNICEF in collaboration with MoH Environmental Health Department has undertaken an initiative for mobilising the needed showers for the referral hospital designated for COVID19 treatment.  

UNICEF has provided for three mobile showers to help the 34 (14 males and 20 female) patients to maintain good hygiene.  Each of the facilities will be used by five people.   The facility has 12 health workers who are also in quarantine having contacted the virus from patients indicating challenges on Infection Prevention Control and handwashing.  Micro project is supporting with installation of more showers in the toilets with 8 units being added to the existing two units. The facility is being prepared to host 200 patients who will be using the showers at least twice a day. At full capacity the site would require about 20 Units this indicates the site is about 12 units short of what is needed.

Picture of a mobile shower
UNICEF Eswatini/2020
UNICEF supported hygiene facilities at Lubombo Referral Hospital for coronavirus response

UNICEF is working with bilateral partners to bridge the gap in provision of more WASH facilities at the facility. The government is also planning to have another site for asymptomatic cases which will also require WASH support.