Dominica-China Friendship Hospital updates policy on masks

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.”

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  1. Annon
    February 20, 2023

    Stop believing the lies and fraud people. God meant you to be able to breathe freely. Masks can be penetrated. Your best defense is a good immune system and good health.

  2. MEME
    February 9, 2023

    You all are MASKING the truth. If there is a serious outbreak of covid again, just say so, because that’s my vonvlusion already. According to a line in Cheko’s calypso “Speak the truth””….. Where did we get that LYING culture?
    Are you all taking the public for fools? Well we have brains too, and many questions to ask as well.

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    • Rick
      February 10, 2023

      Skerrit will be lying again until he has to shut the country again. This man is poison for DA.

  3. Anon B True
    February 9, 2023

    I’m rather confused. What’s the new policy? Must I wear a mask, or do I have an option? You’re not clear

  4. Zandoli
    February 9, 2023

    The way this reads, it is more a “it would be a good idea to wear a mask” as opposed to “patients and visitors are required to” or “shall wear a mask”.

    Mandates are not about what one “should” do. That is much to weak.

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  5. ce ca
    February 9, 2023

    So now that you all cannot deny the fact that the covid numbers continue to raise and may be at an alarming number you are reintroducing the mask wearing for the hospital. The numbers were on the raise from since October of last year and was kept secret. You all are afraid to reopen the covid center in Portsmouth to properly inform the public of the situation for fear that Carnival will be cancelled. Seems that sewo is more important than the health of civilians. When will we ever learn.

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    • Yes sah look deception
      February 9, 2023

      ce ca
      Which numbers? We always had flu (influenza, covid, or whatever u want to call it).
      This was never deadly as the vaccine personnel makes it seem.
      Are you taking note of who is dying? The vaccinated. See all the young people especially those in Antigua.

      Do your investigations. It is vaccinated who get their man-made covid.

      Flu was always spread by coughing. Have you not noticed the rise in blood clots, strokes, heart attacks lately, and even cancer spreading faster? Ask yourself what is the new factor. People with cancer (??????) dying with all their size. Is this really cancer or the jab makes the cells spread very quicker?

      The mask is another way of promoting sickness. Why breathe in again what you suppose to breathe out? It would seem that oxygen is not important again.

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      • Elizabeth Lina Xavier
        February 11, 2023

        “The mask is another way of promoting sickness. Why breath in again, what you suppose to breathe out? It would seem that oxygen is not important again”.

        @Yes sah look deception: I personally agree with your thought above. We need to breathe out all of that carbon dioxide that enters our lungs, as oxygen enters to fight it out; but how is wearing a mask helping that process to function effectively?

        I personally feel quite uncomfortable wearing a mask, in that it produces a lot of steam from breathing out, especially in the Winter, which cannot go out–that steam is carbon dioxide. And since carbon dioxide is not going out, neither can oxygen enter.

        That is the reason I notice that so many people are wearing their masks under their lips–we need to breathe in and out effectively. Thanks to God that mask-wearing is no longer mandatory–at least not in Toronto, where I now live.

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