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Friday 7 August, 2020

Ministry of Health advises on policy on treating with non-nationals

The Ministry of Health is advising the public of its Policy for Treating with Non-Nationals with respect to the Provision of Public Health Care Services.

In a media release issued on Friday, the Ministry stated that the policy speaks to the healthcare services which will be afforded to all non-nationals. 

This covers:

a. Emergency Medical Services including initial treatment, stabilisation and discharge for acute medical conditions such as accidents, injuries, asthma, heart attacks, stroke, diabetic coma; and relevant diagnostics for acute care (using the Canadian Triage & Acuity Scale (CTAS) I-V which is currently the standard assessment tool used in all public health Accident and Emergency (A&E) Departments);

b. All population and public health services including immunisation and treatment of communicable diseases, such as HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs), and other high-risk infectious diseases (e.g. malaria).

The population is also reminded that, based on long-established policy, persons who have been to Central or South America are excluded from donating blood for a period of six months, due to the circulation of certain endemic diseases within these territories (e.g. malaria, Chagas Disease).

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