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Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2020. 12:48 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The management of the Western Health Region informed today that additional measures are being taken at the major hospitals in the Cayo District, Western Regional Hospital and San Ignacio Community Hospital, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

These actions are being taken to protect the public, health workers and patients presently admitted in the hospital and have been effective from March 23.

The following changes have been implemented:

  1. When entering the hospital compound you will be met by security who will direct you to different areas within the compound based on your visit.
  2. If you are presenting flu-like symptoms, please let it be known to the security so you can be directed to the respiratory/flu clinic located behind the BFLA building. Also, please respect seating arrangements.
  3. Please do not enter the hospital if you have flu symptoms. Patients consulting for other reasons may enter the main building to the outpatient department.
  4. Visiting hours will now be from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m and from 5:30 p.m – 7:00 p.m.; Monday to Sunday. Enforcement of visiting hours to be monitored by security.
  5. Only one visitor will be allowed during visiting hours and no children under 16 years will be allowed to visit the wards. Also, management discourages children to visit the hospital unless consulting for a medical condition.
  6. Elective surgeries have been canceled until further notice. Emergency surgeries, deliveries, and emergency C-sections will continue as per normal.
  7. Specialist services by appointment will also be canceled under further notice.
  8. Family and Community Health – Maternal and Child Health Services:
  9. Pregnant women classified as high risk will continue to be seen at high-risk clinic
  10. Pregnant women classified as low risk will be contacted by phone and home visits
  11. Community Health Workers to detect pregnancies in the communities and report accordingly to the Public Health Nurse who will contact pregnant mothers and give instructions.
  12. Newborns will be discharged with appropriate vaccinations and further instructions to be given to mother e. Suspension of routine immunization of children f. Mobile clinics suspended until further notice

For the San Ignacio community hospital

  1. When entering the hospital compound you will be met by security who will direct you to different areas within the compound based on your visit.
  2. If you are presenting flu-like symptoms, please let it be known to the security so you can be directed to the respiratory/flu clinic located at the rear of the hospital main building. Please do not enter the hospital if you have flu symptoms.  Patients consulting for other reasons may enter the main building to the outpatient department.
  3. Visiting hours will now be from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. for Maternity Ward and from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. for Accident and Emergency Area; Monday to Sunday. Enforcement of visiting hours to be monitored by security.
  4. Only one visitor will be allowed during visiting hours and no children under 16 years will be allowed to visit the wards. Also, management discourages children to visit the hospital unless consulting for a medical condition.
  5. Emergency services and deliveries continue as per normal.
  6. Family and Community Health – Maternal and Child Health Services:
  7. Pregnant women classified as high risk will continue to be seen at high-risk clinic
  8. Pregnant women classified as low risk will be contacted by phone and home visits
  9. Community Health Workers to detect pregnancies in the communities and report accordingly to the Public Health Nurse who will contact pregnant mother and give instructions.
  10. Newborns will be discharged with appropriate vaccinations and further instructions to be given to mother
  11. Suspension of routine immunization of children
  12. Mobile clinics suspended until further notice

The management of Western Health Region thanks public for adhering to these changes and to cooperate with health care providers in order to prevent the Covid-19 pandemic from affecting our district.

Everyone is encouraged to practice proper hygiene such as hand washing, covering of cough, no touching of the face, no shaking of hands, avoid crowded areas, and practice social distancing.

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