Tue, 03 March 2020
BDF Hospital Infectious Diseases Consultant & Microbiologist and Member of the National Taskforce for Combating Coronavirus (COVID-19), Lt. Col. Dr. Manaf Al Qahtani, noted that Bahrain’s preventive measures, which began before the identification of the first domestic case, are ensuring the continued safety and well-being of citizens and residents alike.
To ensure the risk of infection remains low, Dr. Manaf confirmed that Bahrain will continue its epidemiological monitoring at entry points, particularly at Bahrain International Airport, enacting strict screening procedures for all incoming passengers, with particular attention placed on those returning from Iran or other countries with high infection.
Ongoing efforts of the National Medical Team to Prevent Coronavirus (COVID-19), headed by Lt.-Gen Dr. Shaikh Mohamed bin Abdullah Al Khalifa, assure that all preventive measures are in line with the World Health Organization (WHO)’s recommendations.
Dr. Manaf added that these preventive measures include:
· Establishing an operations room to closely monitor COVID-19 development
· Introducing a comprehensive communication manual
· Increasing public awareness through outreach programmes
· Upskilling healthcare workers to better manage crises
· Introducing a COVID-19 hotline (444)
· Launching an electronic registration service to schedule medical examinations for those returning from Iran
Dr. Manaf concluded that progress has been made by the mobile testing process, instructing all who have tested negative to follow health guidelines and self-isolate for 14 days, for which they will receive paid medical leave.
Following the confirmation of two new cases of the Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) were registered yesterday, the number of confirmed cases in Bahrain is now 49. If you are experiencing symptoms, quarantine yourself at home, call 444. Follow the instructions of the medical team and avoid close contact with others.