The Mediclinic Cape Town near Oranjezicht is closed to new patients after 25 people have been infected with the coronavirus.
“After health professionals and other hospital service providers tested positive for the virus, nearly 300 others, who may have been in contact with them, were also tested. Most of these tests were negative.
Of the 25 tested positive, 14 are nursing staff, Dr. Stefan Smuts, chief clinical officer of Mediclinic Southern Africa, said.
He says the tests will be extended until everyone is tested on site – including all patients, doctors, staff and service providers.
According to him, procedures to control the outbreak will be done from Monday to Friday, May 29.
“During this time tests will be done and the hospital will be disinfected. Except for emergencies, no new recordings will be accepted. ”
Smuts said all involved would be in insolation until they fully recovered. Arrangements have been made for the safe isolation of staff members who need accommodation.
He said the hospital group acted quickly to limit the risk. The rules for the prevention and control of infections by the National Institute of Communicable Diseases and the World Health Organization are strictly adhered to.
“We want to reassure the community that there are procedures for exposing staff.”
According to him, all staff members have the necessary protective clothing and equipment to protect them from contamination.
“All areas considered a risk are cleaned and disinfected.”