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COVID-19: Wa Municipal Hospital Screens Visitors Before Entry

The Wa Municipal Hospital is screening visitors at the entrance of their health facility to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Information gathered by indicates that the exercise started in the morning of Thursday 26th March, 2020.

The screening outside the emergency room is designed to prevent anyone exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms from being in the waiting area with other patients.

On Wednesday, authorities of the facility announced to the general public about the measures to be taken to prevent COVID-19.

In a three (3) bulletin document it said “As part of the measures, patients’ visit is scheduled to take place from exactly 5:00am to 6:00am once a day”

“Patients’ relatives should be limited to a maximum of two (2) persons at a time and the duration of stay is only five (5) minutes”

“All persons entering the hospital would be required to wash hands with soap and water at the main gate and be screened before they are allowed into the facility”

The news team visited the facility and saw Veronica buckets and hand sanitizers placed at the entrance of the hospital. People entering the hospital were first made to wash their hands with soap before accessing the hospital.

The police command were present to help enforce the safety measures at the gate. No tricycle (Okada) was allowed to park at the hospital gate.

People who were denied entry but refused to go away were later dispersed by the police leaving the entrance almost empty.

Meanwhile no suspected case have been recorded since the start of the exercise.

However, some frontline health workers at the facility said that there were inadequate PPE’s as they intensify the fight against COVID-19.

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