Coronavirus patients run away from Taif hospital

Coronavirus patients run away from Taif hospital
Updated 14 November 2014

Coronavirus patients run away from Taif hospital

Coronavirus patients run away from Taif hospital

The Ministry of Health announced that some patients infected with the coronavirus have run away from the King Faisal Hospital in Taif, describing the situation as alarming and called for immediate measures to protect people from the infectious disease.
A source in the ministry also called for cooperation with the Interior Ministry to contain the disease amid reports from ministry’s control and monitoring center of the rising index of coronavirus with 24 cases so far.
“There should be cooperation between the ministry and security authorities to enable hospital staff to keep patients in the hospital in order to provide them with the necessary treatment,” the official said.
Meanwhile, ministry officials in Taif have contacted the patients’ families urging them to persuade the infected patients to return to the hospital and continue their treatment as they were posing a health risk.
The Ministry of Health further stressed the importance of screening patients suspected with corona and quarantine them.
Dr. Mohammad Al-Halwani, a professor in the Department of Medicine in Al-Baha University said the increased number of cases during this period can be explained by the current camel breeding season where the young camels are at higher risk of contracting coronavirus. He added that other factors were the current weather conditions which are ideal for the spread of the virus.
Halwani pointed out that cold weather conditions when people are prone to suffer from respiratory infections aided the spread of the virus due to droplets while sneezing or coughing.
Halwani also pointed to medical practitioners saying that they contracted the infection due to neglect of personal hygiene and being careless around infected cases.
The Ministry of Health registered 24 coronavirus cases in November, taking the total number of cases to 798,441.