Via the Saudi Gazette: Riyadh hospitals step up efforts to combat coronavirus.
Hospitals in Riyadh region have embarked on an intensive awareness campaign against the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) in line with the directives of Prince Faisal Bin Bandar, emir of the province, and with the close follow-up of Minister of Health Khaled Al-Falih.
To prevent the deadly virus from spreading, the hospitals have taken elaborate measures at emergency sections and quarantine rooms. Dr. Adnan Al-Abdul Karim, director general of Riyadh Health Affairs, is overseeing the efforts.
As part of the measures, the hospitals have arranged special clinics and isolation rooms to quarantine suspected MERS cases. The hospitals have also mobilized health specialists and other personnel from the contagious disease units to raise awareness among outpatients and visitors round the clock.
A variety of programs have been organized for the hospital staff to effectively fight the disease. There are also plans to set up awareness corners and hold video shows to disseminate comprehensive information on ways to combat the virus.
King Salman Hospital in Riyadh is organizing lectures, seminars and workshops for patients, in addition to training programs for the staff. Al-Yamamah Hospital organized lectures for the staff. Hospitals in nearby regions of Al-Kharj, Al-Zulfi, Al-Saleel, Al-Dawair and Al-Jamsh Al-Aam are holding several programs.
Saad Al-Qahtani, director of media and public relations department at Riyadh Health Affairs, said there was permanent coordination between the directorate and hospitals in various cities and regions in the province in implementing anti-MERS awareness programs.