The Minister of Health and Sanitation, Alpha T. Wurie, on Thursday 6th February 2020, said the Ministry has instituted hand-washing and temperature checks at the Lungi Airport in the wake of the global health crisis, corona virus. The Minister said 14 of the 16 districts now have secondary hospitals and have heightened IPC measures. “Plans are underway to extend it to chiefdoms across the country,” he said. District Health Management teams are undergoing training to intensify IPC audits in all facilities. Testing for the corona virus are on-going at the 34 Military Hospital, Lungi Government Hospital, and the China P3 Lab. “Immigration officers, custom officers, customer care staff, among others, will be trained on how to spot people with signs of the virus,” he revealed. The 34 Military Hospital, Lungi Government Hospital and the Jui Sierra Leone Chinese Hospital are set to be used as isolation centres. He noted that in 2014, the country was devastated by the Ebola virus, which claimed thousands of lives. He opined the high death toll was directly connected to the unpreparedness and sorry state of healthcare on the part of government. The Minister urged all Sierra Leoneans to be in a state of preparedness and observing the necessary precautions. The World Health Organization (WHO) called on all nations to institute prevention and control measures to prevent the spread of corona virus. Some of the signs and symptoms of corona virus include; fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, etc. Some of the preventive measures include; frequent hand-washing with soap and water, not touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or arm to help keep others safe from the virus, avoid close contacts with people who have fever and cough.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay
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