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Oman: Shura official scotches rumours of hospital closure due to MERS

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  • Oman: Shura official scotches rumours of hospital closure due to MERS


    Shura official scotches rumours of hospital closure
    February 18, 2019 | 10:45 AM
    by Times News Service

    Muscat: Rumours about a hospital closing down because of an outbreak of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS) have been dismissed by officials.

    Hilal Al Sirdani, representative of Sohar at the Shura council, spoke to the Times of Oman regarding why hospital officials decided to suspend services at Sohar hospital.

    ?What occurred is that the virus was transferred in one of the wings at the hospital, and the hospital administration moved patients who were present in that wing to another semi-isolated wing. Officials then decontaminated the wing; the process also included checking the doctors and all the staff who worked in the wing as a precaution.?

    Al Sirdani believes that locals in Sohar were worried because of the rumours, and added that people should only pay attention to news from official sites.

    As a result of the cleansing process, visiting hours were delayed by approximately 45 minutes, which led people to spread rumours about there being a widespread epidemic. The ministry issued guidelines for people to take, such as avoiding shaking hands, not spending too long during visits, and not standing too close to the patients.

    According to Al Sirdani, people should stay calm as the ministry is in control of the situation...