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Coronavirus: Rules on operation of public hospitals extended for 48 hours

Measures governing the operation of public health facilities have been extended for another 48 hours.

These were adopted by decree effective from March 20 in order to protect health professionals in public hospitals on the front line of tackling the coronavirus outbreak.

The State Health Services Organisation (Okypy) also decided late on Sunday to extend the closure of the Paphos Hospital for another 48 hours as four of the 11 new positive Covid-19 cases announced yesterday are linked to the hospital, the CNA reports.

The Ministry of Health said that special arrangements would be made for haematological, oncological, dialysis and thalassemia cases during the closure.

All surgeries have also been suspended. Patients affected by the changes are asked to contact the private sector for their requirements, namely the Evangelismos and Kyanos Stavros (Blue Cross) medical centres which both have an agreement with the Ministry of Health.

Head of the Nephrological Department Dr Lakis Yioukas, who is in self-isolation after a nurse in the Dialysis Unit came out positive, told CNA that 80 swabs have been taken from patients at the dialysis unit and 20 more will be taken on Monday.

The Epidemiological monitoring unit of the Ministry of Health has already started tracing the contacts of the new confirmed cases of Covid-19 at Paphos hospital and will take swabs for testing.

680 people are said to be currently working at Paphos hospital and testing is ongoing.

Fewer than 30 patients remain in the hospital, which has suspended new admissions.

The Ministry of Health announced on Friday new rules for the operation of Cyprus hospitals.These have been extended for 48 hours:

Limassol -Paphos General Hospitals

(a) Out-patient departments suspend operations, both for scheduled and emergency cases. All operations are suspended. Patients must apply to the private sector (Evangelismos and Blue Cross Hospitals in Paphos district and Mediterranean in Limassol district) after an agreement between them and the ministry

(b) Hematological and oncology cases, dialysis and thalassaemia are excluded. Special arrangements will be made so as to safeguard the health of patients and health care professionals. Patients should contact the relevant clinics.

(c) A&E suspend operations for 72 hours and all cases will be handled by the private sector hospitals above except in exceptional cases where the services cannot be provided by the private sector.

(d) Imaging and clinical labs will continue to operate, complying with the protocol for protection against coronavirus

Nicosia General Hospital

(a) Suspension of cold cases and handling of emergencies (where the private sector cannot handle them)

(b) A&E to handle only emergencies

(c) suspension of the heart surgery unit

Larnaca General Hospital

(a) Outpatient wards to suspend operation. All scheduled surgeries also to be suspended.

(b) A&E to handle only emergencies

Famagusta General Hospital

Famagusta Hospital continues to operate as the referral hospital for confirmed coronavirus cases.

The A&E and dialysis unit are also in operation.

General rules for hospitals

(a) Prohibition of all visits to patients remains in force
(b) The special pharmacy booths at the hospitals will operate only for those with chronic conditions

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