Neighborhood Health Centers to Treat Coronavirus Patients

Minister of Health Khalid Ait Taleb said on Tuesday in a webinar under the theme “Epidemiological situation of Covid-19 is worrying: The response”, that reference health centers will be deployed in the neighborhoods to receive suspected cases of Coronavirus. These centers will receive transfers from the private sector, public sector or neighborhood pharmacies to increase the number of screening spaces for the care of patients.

Home-based care will be provided for asymptomatic cases who do not suffer from chronic illnesses, do not pose a risk to those around them and whose housing infrastructure allows them to be cared for at home. This operation will be carried out in coordination with representatives of the territorial administration and will give patients the opportunity to examine their cardiogram, carry out other required tests and give them access to medication with continuous medical monitoring. Other cases that cannot be treated at home will be taken care of in different health centers.

The Minister of Health noted during the webinar that the increase in the number of cases infected with the virus was expected after the easing of containment measures and the increase in the number of screening tests. However, he stressed, this does not relieve citizens of their responsibility to comply with the current situation.

The Minister added that this increase in the number of infected people, combined with the arrival of serious cases in hospitals and emergency rooms, threatens the health of those infected as well as that of the rest of the citizens who need these services to save their lives”. He also stressed the importance of applying preventive measures and remaining cautious in the fight against the pandemic.

The Minister stressed the importance of applying preventive measures, including the wearing of masks, physical distancing and hand sanitization on a regular basis, pointing out that the wearing of masks is mandatory and that legal action will be taken against those who do not comply with the law.

In addition to these neighborhood health centers, the Ministry of Health last week began a protocol for home treatment of Coronavirus-infected people under conditions that include: that they are not elderly or chronically ill, and that they have an open room and a home with the minimum conditions of prevention and safety.

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