Doha: The Ministry of Health has stepped up preparations in the wake of the confirmation of Omikron outbreak in Qatar and the growing number of Kovid victims. The Ministry of Health has said that the country is going through a crucial stage in the fight against Kovid. The Ministry of Health is preparing to overcome any crisis situation as the number of Kovid active cases has already crossed 3000.
PHCC employees’ leave canceled
The Qatar Primary Health Care Corporation has canceled the entire staff leave as part of its preparations to deal with emergencies. Those outside the country and on leave have been instructed to return to work immediately. The PHCC said the decision was based on the presence of the omicron virus and its spread worldwide. The health sector needs to be prepared to deal with any situation. In this case, the leave of the employees of the medical, nursing, laboratory, radiology, pharmacy, clinical support departments and departments directly related to Kovid prevention has been canceled till further notice.
Those who qualify should take the booster dose
The ministry also said that all deserving people in the country should come forward to receive the booster dose to strengthen the Kovid defense. There should be no lack of vigilance on the part of anyone in this regard. The ministry said the booster dose had already been found to be very effective in combating the omicron variant. The country already has 86.1 percent of people who have received two doses of the vaccine. It is estimated that 2.5 lakh people have already been given the booster dose. 9,126 doses of the vaccine were given in the last 24 hours. So far 2,47,631 booster dose vaccines have been given. The Ministry of Health said that 51,72,597 vaccine doses have been distributed since the start of the vaccination campaign.
Booster dose distribution will be strengthened
Meanwhile, authorities are taking steps to speed up the distribution of booster doses in the country based on what they have found to be highly effective in combating the Omicron virus. Authorities also decided to open a new vaccination center in Bougainville for those working in the business and industrial sectors of the country. It will be operational from January 9. The center plans to vaccinate 30,000 people a day. Although the booster dose is mainly dispensed from here, the facility of administering it to those who do not receive the first two doses will also be provided here. However, he clarified that the walk-in facility will not be available here and the vaccine will be given only to those who have registered in advance. The rest of the business owners must email their names and information to QVChamad.qa to vaccinate their employees. Those who take the second dose six months later are eligible for the booster dose.
Those who do not take the booster will lose the golden frame
At the same time, the Ministry of Health said that the vaccination status of those who do not take the booster dose vaccine will change. The app status will change nine months after the second dose. The gold colored frame around the vaccine status in the app will disappear. This will put restrictions on such people, including access to certain areas. The decision will come into effect from February 1. Those who missed the Golden Frame 12 months after taking the second dose earlier. It has been reduced to nine months. Accordingly, those who have taken two doses of Pfizer, Modena, and AstraZeneca vaccines after nine months will be considered immunocompromised. Only if they receive the booster dose will the Golden Frame Ithiraz app, which shows that they have acquired immunity, be returned. The study, which involved two doses of the vaccine, found that immunity gradually decreased after six months. Kovid has also been found in some people who received two doses of the vaccine in Qatar. Authorities called on all people to take the booster dose as soon as possible, six months after taking the second dose, and to strengthen their defenses against Kovid to avoid such a situation.
Covid active cases increased
The incidence of Kovid disease in the country is expected to increase in the coming days. The number of people being treated for Kovid in homes and hospitals rose to 3,139. A new Omikron variant has been discovered in Qatar. This may lead to an increase in the spread of Kovid in the country. The ministry said Omicron was the fastest-growing variant ever discovered and caution should be exercised against it. A total of 367 new cases of Kovid were confirmed in the country yesterday, the ministry said. 216 people were infected through contact. There are 151 passengers. In 24 hours, 151 people recovered from Kovid. Meanwhile, another person in the country died of Kovid infection yesterday. This brings the total death toll from Kovid in the country to 616.
Regulation of Hamad Corporation Hospitals
Meanwhile, the Qatar Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) has imposed stricter restrictions on visitors to hospitals in the wake of the rising Kovid outbreak. Visitors will not be allowed in the three major Kovid treatment hospitals. Visitors will be completely excluded from the Communicable Disease Center, the Field Hospital under the Hassam Maybrick General Hospital, and the Cuban Hospital. Visiting hours at other non-Kovid hospitals have been reduced to 3 pm to 8 pm. Those who come to see patients should show green status in Ihtiras. Wear a mask. Body temperature will be checked before admission. Only one person at a time will be allowed. The meeting was allowed to last for a maximum of 15 minutes. Only three visitors per day are allowed to see a patient. Children under the age of 15 should not visit hospitals. The instructions also say that food, flowers, drinks and chocolates should not be brought to hospitals.
Masks should also be worn in open areas
The Qatari Ministry of Health has reminded people of the importance of wearing a mask in the face of confirming the presence of Omicron in Qatar and the increasing number of Kovid cases. The ministry pointed out that masks are not required in open spaces but in some cases masks should be worn there as well. The mask should be worn in indoor situations such as malls, mosques, schools, offices and public transport. Wearing a mask is also mandatory at gatherings such as majlis, weddings, cultural ceremonies and social gatherings. Although the mask is not mandatory in open areas, it should be worn at public events, exhibitions, events, churches, schools, universities and hospitals. Similarly, caregivers such as security guards, waiters, and those who have to deal with people on a regular basis should be careful to wear a mask in situations where they cannot maintain a safe distance from others. Authorities said those who have not been vaccinated, those who have been vaccinated but are immunocompromised, and those who have not been vaccinated should wear masks when they are around.