MoPH protecting healthcare personnel from Covid-19 risks
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.