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PRI­VATE health­care com­pany Net­care said on Fri­day that it was putting a num­ber of ad­di­tional pre­cau­tion­ary safe­guards in place at its cen­tres to pro­tect all pa­tients, vis­i­tors, staff mem­bers, doc­tors, health­care and other ser­vice providers af­ter the coun­try re­ported its first case of Covid-19. “We wish to as­sure the South African public that they are in safe hands at a Net­care Group fa­cil­ity dur­ing the out­break of the virus,” group chief ex­ec­u­tive Dr Richard Fried­land (pic­tured) said. “Cred­i­ble health in­for­ma­tion is a pow­er­ful means of preven­tion, and we will do our ut­most to help equip the public with im­por­tant Covid-19 in­for­ma­tion at this time.” Net­care said it had formed a multi-dis­ci­plinary task team as soon as the out­break of the new coro­n­avirus in China was made public early in Jan­uary. The com­pany had since im­ple­mented com­pre­hen­sive pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sures to en­sure that all group oper­a­tions were fully pre­pared to re­spond to, and man­age, any cases of Covid-19. “We have closely co-op­er­ated with the Na­tional In­sti­tute for Com­mu­ni­ca­ble Dis­eases and the depart­ment of health on an on­go­ing ba­sis, and have aligned our clin­i­cal pro­to­cols for man­ag­ing Covid-19 pa­tients with their clin­i­cal guide­lines,” Fried­land said. All peo­ple en­ter­ing Net­care fa­cil­i­ties were be­ing ver­bally screened for Covid-19 risk at the main points of en­try as a first line of de­fence, with fur­ther screen­ing done where in­di­cated, he said. The group was also de­ploy­ing ul­travi­o­let light dis­in­fec­tion ro­bots in those of its hos­pi­tals that did not yet have the de­vices, which had been proven to be ex­tremely ef­fec­tive in iden­ti­fy­ing and de­stroy­ing viruses, bac­te­ria and fun­gal spores. Net­care was also daily screen­ing all staff, in­clud­ing per­son­nel of ex­ter­nal ser­vice providers in all ar­eas of the busi­ness, added Fried­land. The lat­est sit­u­a­tional up­date from the World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion, dated Thurs­day, says there are now 95 333 con­firmed cases of Covid-19, 80 565 of them in China. Some 14 768 cases have been con­firmed in 85 other coun­tries. The death toll stands at 3 015 in China and 267 else­where. | African News Agency (ANA)

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