NPH Dominican Republic Takes Preventive Measures To Protect Children
While COVID-19 has led to two deaths in the Caribbean nation, NPH Dominican Republic puts measures in place to ensure children remain safe
March 20, 2020 - Dominican Republic
A new coronavirus, COVID-19, first identified in China in December 2019, has caused more than 10,000 deaths worldwide and nearly 250,000 confirmed cases as of 20 March 2020, according to Johns Hopkins University, which has been tracking the outbreak of this highly contagious virus.
Dominican Republic confirmed its first case of the virus on 1 March—an Italian fell ill having arrived in the country a week earlier. Since then, the country has recorded 34 cases resulting in two deaths.
As a result, President Danilo Medina has imposed preventive measures to safeguard the health of the population. Starting March 19, the following restrictions are in place:
• Incoming and outgoing flights from Europe, China, South Korea, and Iran are suspended for one month.
• Cruises to Dominican Republic suspended. All borders and points of entry by land, sea, and air are closed for 15 days.
• Classes are suspended until Monday, 13 April. This applies to schools and universities.
• Social events are suspended for 15 days.
• Business activities are suspended for 15 days; only supermarkets, pharmacies, are gas stations will be open. Restaurants can only deliver food.
• Only fuel vessels and Dominicans who decide to return to the country will be able to enter; upon arrival, all must comply with a 15-day quarantine.
• The country is officially in a national state of emergency.
Accordingly, NPH Dominican Republic has taken measures to safeguard the health and wellbeing of our children. These are some of the measures taken in the home.
• Home visits of any kind are not allowed. The doors of NPH Dominican Republic are effectively closed.
• A group of caregivers will stay in the home for 15 days at a time, to avoid entering and leaving the home. If any of these staff leave due to an emergency, they will not be able to re-enter.
• Office employees will work from home. Only in case of emergency will staff of the accounting and human Resources departments be permitted to come to the office. Children will not have access to the office.
• As of today, only employees who are caregivers will have direct contact with children.
• Children have been made aware of the situation, so that they may comply with hygiene standards established by the World Health Organization and NPHI Medical Services.
We have been educating our children about the situation as it affects the world today and guiding them, as well as the caregivers taking care of them, to take necessary hygiene measures.
We are committed to keeping our children healthy and they join with us in these efforts.
God is with us in these difficult times.
Please support our NPH homes during this time of need. Any help you can give is well received and accepted graciously. Visit nph.org for more information.
Communications Officer, NPH Dominican Republic