The Health Ministry is beefing up preventive measures to avert any potential outbreak of Corona virus in Bahrain. Efforts are being constantly coordinated with regional and international health organizations to keep updated on the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) and take the necessary precautionary and pre-emptive measures.
Public Health Director Dr. Mariam Al-Hajeri stressed readiness to deal with any diagnosed cases of MERS-CoV and conduct necessary lab tests.
The ministry urged citizens and expatriates to abide by regulations to prevent infectious respiratory diseases from spreading.
In a statement today, it outlined hand hygiene and cough etiquette – stressing the need to wash hands with soap regularly, cover the mouth and nose when coughing, get rid of used handkerchief in waste bins.
The ministry also urged people to avoid hugging and keep off one metre from patients showing flu symptoms, stressing the need to eat healthy food and exercise to consolidate the body’s immunity and increase its resistance to diseases.All of this is doubtless good advice for avoiding colds and flu, but when we know nothing about the proximate cause of human MERS infections, preventive and pre-emptive measures are impossible.
Slaughtering all the poultry in Hong Kong prevented and pre-empted the spread of H5N1. Banning the sale of civet cats in "wild taste" restaurants prevented and pre-empted the spread of SARS. If you don't know what's making people sick with MERS, asking them to wash their hands is an admission that you have no idea what to do.