MoH makes wearing face masks mandatory in hospitals – Muscat Daily

Muscat – The Ministry of Health (MoH) has alerted the public in general that wearing face masks in all health facilities is still mandatory so as to have a control over COVID-19 infections until the battle against the pandemic is won for once and for all.

Wearing face masks in both private and government hospitals in Oman is mandatory, an official from the ministry said, reminding that “the ministry has not issued any instructions to ease preventive measures in the health sector since the start of the pandemic”.

“The Directorate General for Disease Surveillance and Control in the MoH has issued a set of recommendations – such as obligating health workers, patients and visitors to wear face masks inside government and private health institutions – to reduce the risk of the COVID-19 pandemic,” the official said.

The ministry has also urged all health workers to take the booster dose of the COVID-19 vaccine if they have completed six months since receiving the last dose, the official said, while recommending proper examination of suspected cases and isolation of both suspected and confirmed COVID-19 patients, besides their classification as per the cases – suspected or confirmed.

The ministry official further said that the administrative measures in health institutions, such as preventing gatherings of all kinds, approving sick leaves for the infected, reducing the number of visitors in health institutions, and implementing precautionary measures to prevent transmission of infection in health institutions, is a continuing protocol that must be followed strictly.

The official emphasised the need for having a specialised team for infection control in each institution to supervise the procedures and follow up on the infection data.

The ministry is taking these measures following an “increase in the number of infections among workers in health institutions (both governmental and private) with the increase in gatherings, community events and the opening of travel to the outside world”.

“Preventive measures and infection control in the health sector will ensure the continuity of work and services unhindered. It will reduce the risk of infection acquired within health institutions,” the official added.

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