Public urged to stay safe after COVID-19

2020-03-11 06:01

FOLLOWING seven confirmed cases for the COVID-19 in South Africa — six from KZN and one in Gauteng — Netcare Group chief executive officer, Dr Richard Friedland, has released some measures that have implemented by the hospital that the public needs to adhere to with immediate effect.

Six of the seven positive cases of the virus in KZN were found on people who were part of the group that travelled to Italy recently. The first person to test positive was a man from Hilton.

With fear and panic luring the global community, Friedland said: “This is now a time for all South Africans to stand and work together in the knowledge that despite the myriad of challenges we continue to face, this too we will overcome.”

THE PUBLIC CAN ASSIST IN THE FOLLOWING WAYS WHEN VISITING HEALTHCARE FACILITIES:

• Phone the emergency department or your healthcare provider before coming in for a consultation if you are concerned that you may be infected with the coronavirus. This will enable health officials to take the appropriate precautionary measures to ensure that the staff and others at the facility are safeguarded while you are being assessed, treated or admitted, until it can be confirmed whether you have tested positively or not for COVID-19.

• Use the hand spray or hand rub available at the entrances and at various points inside facilities to clean your hands as you enter, and at every available opportunity within the facilities, as well as when leaving.

• Be patient while we are doing verbal screenings, as this is to the benefit of both those visiting hospitals, patients, and those providing services in hospitals.

• Refrain from visiting patients in hospitals if you are unwell.

• Adhere to any decisions by hospitals to restrict visiting hours and the number of visitors per patient at a time.

•Familiarise yourself with measures should take to reduce your risk of exposure to, and the spread of, the virus.

The Department of Health also released a statement which included ways members of the public can protect themselves from getting the virus such as:

• Avoid coming into close contact with people who are ill.

• Wash your hands with soap and water frequently and thoroughly.

• Make it a habit to clean and disinfect furniture that is frequently touched.

• Cover your face with a tissue or your elbow when coughing or sneezing.

If symptoms continue to develop or need more information on the coronavirus, members of the public are urged to contact the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) toll free public hotline on 0800 029 999 Mondays to Fridays from 08am to 4pm.

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