The Ministry of Health issued a decision that included a number of recommendations aimed at preventing infection in outpatient clinics to help health facilities ensure that there are proper precautions to protect patients and health care workers from exposure to corona virus and other viral infections of the respiratory system.

The recommendations also included reducing unnecessary exposure in health care facilities, through a preliminary assessment of patients with fever and other acute symptoms by communicating with them by phone, text message or video where possible.

The recommendations included advising reviewers who had symptoms of “Covid 19” and who needed a personal evaluation to adhere to the necessary precautions when arriving in the outpatient area.

The recommendations obligated everyone who enters the facility to put a face mask or a mask, to reduce transmission, in addition to that he may be a carrier of the infection even without symptoms.

The recommendations called on all employees to put a mask at all times, and to provide a quantity of masks ready for distribution to those entering the outpatient area, and to impose active and self-monitoring of workers by measuring the temperature and other symptoms, and if they appear to them similar to the symptoms of «Covid 19» they must stop Work and report on it, and the examination must be carried out outside the facility if possible or in a designated area.

The recommendations also mentioned the necessity of taking measures to ensure the physical distance in the entry areas, waiting rooms, the use of signs and land marks indicating a distance of 1-2 meters and the maximum limit for elevator users.

Recommendations made it clear that when close contact with patients with or suspected of having “Covid 19” or any other respiratory symptoms, known precautions should be used against friction and splashes with eye protection, and the protection measures should also include a mask, a garment, gloves, an eye shield, and a face shield or glasses, as well as Respirator N95 or equivalent.

The recommendations stressed the importance of complete cleaning and sterilization of low-exposed surfaces (such as switches, trays, strollers and basins), and then floors, removal of waste and covers, and cleaning of the examination bed once a day, and cleaning is carried out with a neutral detergent followed by sterilization using either 70-90% ethanol products or Chlorine products for general environmental sterilization, and after each patient must clean the places most exposed to touch only, and after examining any patient with respiratory symptoms, the entire room should be cleaned and then workers can enter the room as soon as the patient leaves and perform sterilization operations.

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