The Chief Medical Director of National Eye Centre, Dr. Mahmud Alhassan has announced that “They are implementing the universal protection against Covid19 since they don’t have vaccines and cannot implement point of care assessment of testing.
“We have also strategised our operations as follows;
The high risk, devoted and low risk areas, and the appropriate Personal Protective Equipments (PPEs) for these areas are being provided for people who work in this high risk areas. Same for patients who come from high risk areas, we’ll have to provide them special protection,” Dr. Alhassan added.
“He also said that hand washing, social distancing and then also protecting ourselves with good face masks to prevent transmission are the strategies we are working around”.
On eye related symptoms of COVID-19, he revealed that the eye symptoms that can transmit the virus can come out from the tears without symptoms. So the general public must be aware that COVID-19 can present first with eye signs and symptoms.
He said that patients that are coming to the hospital, have virtually shut down almost 80 per cent of our activities and we’re just attending to real ophthalmic emergencies; things like severe infections from popular injuries.
“We are hoping that as the days go by and the world better understand the disease we’ll be able to now institute strategies on how to reopen the hospital when we are sure of safety of our patients.”
Speaking on the dangers of COVID-19, Dr.Alhassan maintained that “We’ll be bringing in new protocols that will further assure that patients and caregivers are safe; because it would be a serious disaster to bring in COVID-19 into this place because eye care involves various kinds of care.
“If you come to the hospital a (National Eye Center)at least a patient would need to go to four or five different service points/clinics; and it would be very disastrous for a COVID-19 positive patient to come here undetected and just moves around our facility and then dropping viruses anywhere he/she goes.