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Mar 12, 2020

COVID-19: How Do We Self-Isolate?

Marvin Manzanero

The coronavirus is straining health systems all over the world. The Ministry of Health here says it is acquiring more ventilators as part of its preparedness plans to tackle the COVID-19.  As you know, many families live in congested houses and will not be able to isolate at home. But what about the isolation units where persons will have to be placed in case they are affected? The ministry is reaching out to stakeholders to source the units.

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services

“We understand that there will be areas where or people who can’t self isolate, that have ten, fifteen, twenty people, for those are the isolation units that we are trying to identify through NEMO and we already have a list or promise that we’ll have a list that would be activated by the end of today.  And again, that’s where you bring in all your stakeholders because it could be that most of these people don’t really need a healthcare person alongside them, so you need the other NEMO stakeholders to come onboard and help us in that isolation process to make sure it happens.”

 

Reporter

“Will there be in that handbook, for the self-isolation, because if I am going to self-isolate from work, I can’t just phone the boss and say I am going to be self-isolating.  You still need a note from a doctor so you still have to come in contact with the formal system.”

 

Dr. Marvin Manzanero

“We have a number of persons since January that we have been doing.  The students who came back from China, they were in self-isolation for fourteen days and you would have a healthcare worker go and look for them and it’s a vast amount of people that we were following.”


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