Mask mandate back in health institutions across Oman

Oman Thursday 30/June/2022 12:25 PM
By: Times News Service
Mask mandate back in health institutions across Oman

Muscat: The Ministry of Health (MOH) has made it a compulsion for all health workers, patients and visitors to wear a mask at health institutions to reduce the risk of spreading Covid-19 across the Sultanate of Oman.

MOH said in a circular that in the last few days, it has noticed an increase in the number of Covid-19 cases among health workers and outbreaks at the level of health institutions (government and private), especially with the increase in gatherings and community events and the opening of travel to many countries. In light of this, the Directorate General of Disease Surveillance and Control recommends the following measures:

 1. Health workers, patients and visitors are required to wear a mask inside the corridors of health institutions.

2. Encouraging health workers to take the booster dose of the Covid-19 vaccine for those who have received the last dose more than 6-9 months back.

3. Examination and early sorting of suspected cases, whether they are health workers or patients and isolated patients and classifying them into groups (suspect or confirmed infections).

4. Continuing to implement and monitor administrative controls, including preventing gatherings of all kinds, approving sick leaves for those infected with COVID-19, and reducing the number of visitors in health institutions.

5. Implementation of precautionary measures to prevent transmission of infection in health institutions, and the presence of a team specialised in infection control in each institution to supervise the procedures and follow-up infection data.