Wednesday 23 September, 2020

CMO: Some private facilities require COVID-19 test before entering

Chief Medical Officer Dr Roshan Parasram said private facilities have been asking for patients to submit a COVID-19 test before being treated at the hospital, and in some cases during emergencies. 

Speaking at a media briefing Dr Parasram said this safety measure was initiated by some private institutions since the beginning of the pandemic.

He was responding to a report that a patient who suffered a heart attack was required to first submit a test.

‘We have noted, not only for heart attacks, there have been some private institutions that are requiring from the start, I would say February or March, persons that have visited their institutions even for pregnancy-related matters, to have a COVID-19 test before you come into their institution.’

‘They are putting measures in place which they see as important to prevent the spread within their institutions. A lot of times in the private sector it has been happening…but in the public sector…we have different metrics by which we view and go into the parallel system.’

Dr Parasram said that he is in communication with them to discuss streamlining measures going forward.

‘We have communicated with the private sector to see how best we can streamline their process so that we don’t avoid untimely morbidity from those policies.’

Anyone who has developed symptoms of COVID-19, should call the hotline 877-WELL or 800-WELL (9355) for further guidance.

Anyone who is severely ill, should call the 811 (emergency hotline) or call ahead to the Accident and Emergency Department of the nearest public hospital for help and go in immediately.

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