New rules amid Covid-19 fears

2020-03-26 06:00
Khayelitsha District Hospital.PHOTO: unathi obose

Khayelitsha District Hospital.PHOTO: unathi obose

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Members of Khayelitsha Health Forum (KHF) have welcomed the new procedures proposed by the Khayelitsha District Hospital to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus in the hospital.

A statement released by the hospital on Monday 23 March stated that the provincial department of health is adjusting in-hospital visiting protocols to limit the growing risk around the possible transmission of Covid-19.

The statement also stated that the adjustment is in line with the principle of social distancing to limit interaction and slowing down the spread of the virus. “The adjustments during visiting times may include reduced visiting times (19:00 – 20:00 every day). One visitor per patient. No patient rotation and no under 12 year olds,” read the statement.

The statement advised people to stay away from public spaces and avoid social and religious gatherings. “Remember to practice good hand hygiene and cough etiquette. If you are using public transport please open the windows for ventilation and cover your cough or sneeze in a tissue or your arm,” read the statement.

KHF chair Mzanywa Ndibongo described the steps as “a great initiative” to prevent the spreading of the virus.

He said the proposal will assist to curb the spread of the virus. “The president had announced that people must take care of themselves. The president also encouraged social distancing. So, the hospital limiting the number of visitors per patient is a good idea. The family members of a patient can make turns if they visit the patient,” said Ndibongo.

He urged government to provide sanitisers for people to be able to clean their hands.


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