The hospital at Marsa Matrouh has 59 ICU beds, and 59 artificial respiration units - File photo
CAIRO – 16 March 2020: Ministry of Health revealed the mechanisms of receiving suspected cases of coronavirus at fever hospitals, examining them and dealing with them.
The patient is kept in an isolation room upon arrival at the hospital in order to prevent the spread of the virus. The hospitals are equipped with isolation rooms for patients, as well as doctors and nurses in contact with the patients.
Patients are then monitored around the clock, undergo chest x-rays and necessary tests, and their temperature is measured every 8 hours. They start wearing protective clothing once the infection is confirmed.
A double sample is taken from the patients’ mouths and noses to determine which type of virus they are carrying; they are not only tested for Covid-19.
Medium Care departments have been recently established inside hospitals to receive patients infected with coronavirus, with isolation beds for old and young men and women to rapidly deal with the cases.
If the patients test negative for Covid-19 and have medium respiratory symptoms, they are transferred to isolation units and continue their treatment inside the hospital. If they test positive, they are immediately transferred to one of the isolation hospitals, whether to Negela Hospital in Marsa Matrouh or any other isolation hospital.
The nursing staff is also equipped to deal with all cases, and receive coronavirus patients in separate clinics to prevent the spread of the virus to the rest of the patients at other clinics.