“S is 31 years old. He arrived in Italy a little over a month ago, having made an exhausting journey on foot from Pakistan to Milan, via the Balkan route. To make the journey even harder, one of his feet was horribly broken and went untreated."
Today we spoke to the authorities of Lombardy region and offered them our help in managing the coronavirus epidemic.
We have the possibility to share with the local health authorities our expertise and skills in treating patients in the midst of epidemics, honed in Sierra Leone during the Ebola outbreak of 2014 and 2015.
In the meantime, we will go on working at our clinics in Italy, applying a triage method to identify patients with symptoms that could point to the virus. We will also continue providing information, consultations and direct them to the services they need, all for the good of public health.
A lot of our patients are among the most vulnerable people in society – like migrants, homeless people and gypsies – and they are struggling even more now to get services offered by the national health system.
Information is crucial for people like them, who often lack access to basic information provided by the Ministry of Health on how to prevent contagion.