CMD recommends suspending elective consultations and surgeries for coronavirus

SANTO DOMINGO, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC. – After considering that the coronavirus could be circulating in the country, The Dominica Medical College (CMD) recommended the closure of outpatient consultations in hospitals, its hanging elective surgeries and taking 24-hour guards strengthening critical units, such as emergencies and intensive care , without implying carelessness of hospitals. Its board of directors declared itself in permanent session.

The president of the entity, Waldo Ariel Suero, called the directors of the hospitals to allow the doctors with more than 65 years of age and those who suffer from chronic diseases, to stay at home and provide the necessary supplies such as face masks, gloves, water, soap, for the care of health personnel.

“We want to denounce and be emphatic that at this moment the majority of health personnel are not receiving the supplies required for their protection and this is a national complaint,” Suero said during a press conference.

Other recommendations

The CMD also recommended decentralizing laboratory tests, understanding that they should reach all regions of the country. The idea is to make an early diagnosis in order to take preventive measures on time.

Within the CMD, all regional, provincial and interprovincial presidents were instructed to create a paremiological surveillance committee in each of their localities so that, through them, the prevention of COVID-19 is reaffirmed.

“All events that lead to concentration of people, closing of the gym, swimming pool, suspension or postponement of union scientists: conferences, workshops, etc., are postponed until further notice in the CMD,” explained the union president.

Likewise, Suero reported that the directive session of that union is declared in permanent session and suggested to the government authorities to declare the epidemic as a national emergency sword, as other countries have done.

In addition, it recommends interrupting for 14 days school, administrative, business and entertainment centers activities, among others, in order to avoid person-to-person contact.

“Maintaining some basic services such as food, pharmacies, gas, gasoline, etc. In the case of flights, we suggest that for 14 days only Dominicans and residents can enter the country, it applies by sea, air, land, border , except for the crew, “he also proposed, adding that all returning Dominicans be isolated for 14 days.

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