Home Health care provider COVID-19: Don’t deny unmasked patients healthcare – Chief Medical Officer

COVID-19: Don’t deny unmasked patients healthcare – Chief Medical Officer

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Dr Bertrand Agilinko, acting medical superintendent of Sandema hospital in the municipality of Builsa North in the Haut-Est region, called on health professionals at the establishment not to deny services to patients without face masks. health care.

“You can’t refuse patient care because they don’t wear masks, if something is wrong you can’t defend yourself. the room”.

Dr Agilinko, who was speaking at a staff durbar organized by the hospital management, said; “I have noted with great concern that because most of us don’t like to wear masks while patients and their loved ones don’t wear masks either, we cannot speak.”

He said no one expected the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and said that despite the unexpected outbreak, the facility had properly managed the spread of the virus.

Even though the facility had no cases of COVID-19, he stressed that the fight against the virus was not over and urged hospital staff not to slacken their efforts to control the spread of the virus. in the establishment and the municipality at large.

“COVID-19 is still here, let’s be very careful,” the acting medical superintendent warned.

Dr Agilinko delved into the issue of breast cancer, which was one of the conditions that many members of the public paid less attention to and said the hospital had in recent weeks screened people for breast cancer. breast.

He revealed that the facility was better prepared to handle screening for breast and cervical cancer: “We sent two of our staff for training on cervical cancer screening. The unit will be in place as soon as possible.

Dr Agilinko took the opportunity to advise his staff to get along well with their patients and clients, noting that the attitude of some hospital staff was a concern among some sections of the public.

Mr. Stephen Adombire, the hospital’s Acting Deputy Director of Nursing Services (DDNS), noted that the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic has posed some challenges to service delivery.

He praised the nurses and midwives for their commitment over the years and stressed the need for staff to be responsive to customer care to regain the hospital’s lost glory.

He said there was more room for improvement in terms of what they could do as nurses and midwives to improve health care delivery: “We know what we’re supposed to do. do as nurses we all know what time we are supposed to show up for work. .

“It is not in the best interests of our patients and our own colleagues that we are supposed to be at work at 7 a.m. for the morning shift, at 1 p.m. for the afternoon shift, or at 7 p.m. for the night shift to take over, and we’re not.

“This is not the kind of environment we want to have. Those who show up early for work please keep up the good work as we know the unique contribution we make to improving patient outcomes “said Mr. Adombire.