Matron of the Dominica-China Friendship Hospital (DCFH), Emmalyn Matthew has announced that the hospital has updated its policy on mask-wearing.
“Face masks should be worn by all healthcare workers while present at the hospital and especially while involved in direct patient care,” she said. “Visitors to the hospital are expected to wear a mask or facial covering while at the hospital and especially while in clinical spaces.”
Furthermore, she noted that all patients seeking care at the hospital whether inpatient or outpatient are advised to wear a mask or facial covering while at the hospital.
“All ambulance drivers, EMT’s, police officers should wear a mask while present at the hospital,” she advised.
According to her, it is important to note that currently not all patients are routinely tested for Covid infection.
Matthew went on to state that visitors are also not tested prior to visiting on the wards.
“This makes the wearing of masks even more critical to protect patients, staff, and visitors, especially on entry to the wards, clinic and other clinical areas,” she explained.
Matthew also reminds the public that the Covid Isolation Unit is a space providing clinical care for those patients with communicable diseases.
“This means visitation is not allowed in the Covid Isolation Unit,” she warned.
Meanwhile, Matthew indicated that their priority at the DCFH is to protect both visitors and patients.
“We recognize that during this season much like during the Independence and Christmas activities, relatives will be coming in from all over the world, but our priority is to protect both visitors and patients alike,” Matthew encouraged. “Therefore, family members can drop off supplies for their relatives admitted to the Covid Unit with the nurses at the unit.”
She wishes everyone a safe Carnival season, and continues to “encourage everyone to do everything possible to curb the transmission of Covid-19 in our country.”