Sunday 20 September, 2020

Health Ministry limits hospital visits due to COVID-19

Photo: Screenshot via Facebook live video by TTT Live Online of a media briefing by the Health Ministry on the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 14, 2020.

Photo: Screenshot via Facebook live video by TTT Live Online of a media briefing by the Health Ministry on the coronavirus (COVID-19) on March 14, 2020.

Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh said visiting hours and at all hospitals will be limited as part of prevention measures against the spread of the new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

In a media briefing on Saturday, Deyalsingh said as part of health and safety measures, visiting hours would be limited to one hour between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm.

Additionally, he said the morning visiting session has been stopped and there will now be only one visiting session in the afternoon.

"As of tomorrow (Sunday), there will be only a visiting session between 4.00 pm and 6.00 pm - the morning session has now been cut out."

"There is only going to be one visitor per patient. However, exceptions can be made at the discretion of the health professionals on shift at the time." 

"These are some measures we are taking at the hospitals."

Deyalsingh said additionally there will be limited access to paediatric patients to visits by parents and legal guardians only.

"You can stay with your children 24 hours a day but only parents and legal guardians will be allowed into our paediatric units to visit our sick children."

The Health Ministry is also urging all passengers arriving in the country to self-quarantine themselves for 14 days at home. 

Deyalsingh said: "If we act responsibly we can get through this."

As of March 14, 2020, at 5.03 pm, there were two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Trinidad and Tobago - the first patient is quarantined at the Caura Hospital and is improving, while the second patient is isolated at the Couva Hospital and is "critically ill".

Health Ministry official, Dr Michelle Trotman, said the patient, however, is improving. 

Travel bans have been placed on nine countries, barring travellers from entering the country:  China, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and most recently France, Germany and Spain.

The Health Ministry is also asking all travellers arriving in the country to self-quarantine for 14 days, to prevent any possible spread of the virus. 

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