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Posted On: 30 June 2020 09:42 am
Updated On: 12 November 2020 09:12 am

Precautionary measures for the private healthcare sector during Phase-2 gradual lifting of restrictions

Khadiza Begum
Khadiza Begum
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The following is a description of the implementation of the gradual lifting of the Covid-19 precautionary restrictions for the private healthcare sector for phase 2, starting 1 July 2020.

First: Work may continue in all health specialties.
The clinical operations at the healthcare facilities should not exceed 60% of the maximum capacity.
Continuing to provide tele-medicine services as much as possible.
Continuing to suspend health services delivered in the home (home visits by doctors, physical therapy, daily nursing, etc.) except for nursing services provided through long-term contracts.
Adherence to the following instructions at all times:

  • Receiving clients only through pre-booked appointments, except for emergency and urgent care services.
  • Allocating a clinic time of no less than 30 minutes for each client with each doctor or care provider.
  • Allow clients to enter the healthcare facility only 5 minutes before the scheduled appointment time.
  • Check the Covid-19 status of the clients and health workers through "Ehtraz" application.
  • Check the temperature for clients and workers upon entering the health facility.
  • Clients may be allowed to wait within the healthcare facility, provided that the space allocated to each client is not less than 9 square meters and that the distance between one client and the next is 1.5-2 meters.
  • It is not allowed to mix clients with respiratory infections or a fever with the other clients, and, instead, they must be separated in separate waiting rooms, one room each.
  • All workers and clients must wear face masks all the time.
  • The facility must provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment's (PPE) for health workers.
  • Provide full protection (Full PPE) for health workers when making interventions that generate aerosols or splashes (e.g. dental, ENT, ophthalmology procedures).
  • Frequent disinfection of examination rooms, chairs, treatment rooms and waiting rooms according to the infection control rules of MOPH.
  • Applying strict physical distancing while providing care and maintaining a safe distance except during doing medical examinations or procedures.
  • Utilization of single-use tools as possible which must be disposed of immediately according to the MOPH standards. Compliance with the rules and guidelines of the Ministry of Public Health regarding the health of workers in the health facility and the need to monitor their health status.
    Violating these rules exposes the health facility to legal accountability.

Source: MOPH