MoPH pro­tect­ing health­care per­son­nel from Covid-19 risks

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The Min­istry of Public Health (MoPH) is mak­ing all pos­si­ble ef­forts, in co-or­di­na­tion with other gov­ern­ment bod­ies, to en­sure the pro­tec­tion of those work­ing on the front lines to com­bat the novel coro­n­avirus (Covid-19) from the risks of in­fec­tion with the virus, a se­nior of­fi­cial said.

“In or­der to pro­vide the high­est oc­cu­pa­tional safety stan­dards, the MoPH has is­sued guide­lines for in­fec­tion con­trol when deal­ing with sus­pected or con­firmed cases of the dis­ease,” ex­plained Dr Ha­mad al-Ru­maihi, di­rec­tor of the Health Pro­tec­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases Con­trol De­part­ment.

The min­istry is train­ing work­ers in var­i­ous state bod­ies on the ba­sics and stan­dards for in­fec­tion con­trol. All the nec­es­sary re­quire­ments for in­fec­tion con­trol, in­clud­ing per­sonal pro­tec­tive equip­ment (PPE), sani­tis­ers, and dis­in­fec­tants are pro­vided by the MoPH.

“In­ten­sive and con­tin­u­ous train­ing is con­ducted on how to wear and re­move PPE, and other mea­sures aimed at re­duc­ing the risk of dis­ease among front­line work­ers,” the of­fi­cial said.

The MoPH has is­sued guide­lines to deal with cases of in­fec­tion in the event of their oc­cur­rence, in­clud­ing those for as­sess­ing the level of ex­po­sure and the steps to be fol­lowed in the event of ex­po­sure, the risk of in­fec­tion in ad­di­tion to ex­ten­sive pro­ce­dures for the de­tec­tion of con­tacts, he ex­plained.

“To pro­tect front-line work­ers and their fam­i­lies, the risk of in­fec­tion is as­sessed, clas­si­fied and ac­tion taken ac­cord­ing to this eval­u­a­tion. These mea­sures may in­clude just a rou­tine ex­am­i­na­tion and con­tin­u­ing work, or it may in­clude iso­lat­ing and test­ing the health per­son­nel, and mon­i­tor­ing the symp­toms of the dis­ease,” Dr alRu­maihi stressed.

Dur­ing the pe­riod of quar­an­tine, all sup­port is pro­vided to the iso­lated health work­ers un­til they re­turn to their work.

“The health­care per­son­nel are ded­i­cated to com­bat Covid-19 front the front­lines, so every mem­ber of the so­ci­ety has to ad­here to the pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures is­sued by the Min­istry of Public Health,” the of­fi­cial pointed out.

“Com­mu­nity mem­bers should stay home and not go out ex­cept for ex­treme ne­ces­si­ties with com­mit­ment to so­cial dis­tanc­ing and the cor­rect use of per­sonal pro­tec­tion, as well as keep­ing their hands clean,” Dr al-Ru­maihi said while adding that all these helps med­i­cal teams in ac­com­plish­ing their mis­sion in con­trol­ling this pan­demic.

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