Via the Saudi Gazette: Special clinics to segregate suspected MERS patients. Excerpt:
The Ministry of Health has set up specially-equipped external clinics at every public hospital to check and assign patients to the right emergency wards and specialized clinics, announced Deputy Minister of General Health and head of the Ministry of Health’s Command and Control Center Dr. Abdulaziz Bin Saeed.
“It is very important for patients suffering from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) caused by coronavirus to be isolated and not to mix with other patients,” he said.
“We need to avoid incidents such as when King Khalid Hospital’s emergency ward was shut down as a precaution when other patients faced the risk of coronavirus infection,” Saeed said.
He added that certain categories of patients, such as the elderly, have a weak immune system and any form of contact with a patient infected by coronavirus could prove fatal.
“I urge the general public to refrain from going to emergency rooms when their condition is not critical. They can always visit the health care centers available in every neighborhood,” Saeed said.
Meanwhile, 10 more people died from MERS over the past week, Health Ministry figures showed on Friday, after an international mission urged extra measures to combat the virus.