As a means of detecting the early signs of the disease and preventing the spread of the epidemic, the Medical Examination and Treatment Management Department has made a request to hospitals under the Ministry of Health and departments of health at local and central levels. As a result, they must make thorough preparations aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of acute pneumonia epidemic caused by a novel coronavirus (nCoV).
In the case of suspected incidents of acute pneumonia with unknown origin, temporary isolation is now required. Moreover, urgent notice must be given to preventive medicine agencies, so they can take samples to run for diagnosis in a timely manner.
Health workers who come into contact with a patient who is displaying symptoms of acute respiratory infection during any medical examinations are also being requested to follow standard preventive measures by wearing a mask and washing hands regularly.
As a result, medical units must be well prepared in terms of isolation rooms, emergency medicine, fluids, and other necessary equipment used in an emergency or during treatment.
Health units are being requested to follow guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of acute pneumonia caused by a nCoV that have been issued by the Minister of Health’s Decision No. 125 dated January 16.
In addition, a rapid response team should be set up so they can provide support to hospitals at a grassroot levels while medical units must also establish a hotline aimed at preventing and controlling the acute pneumonia.