March 13, 2013
By Noimot Olayiwola/Staff Reporter
Hamad Medical Corporation’s Virology Laboratory is now fully equipped
to test for novel coronavirus and any other suspected cases related to
acute respiratory distress syndrome, two senior officials at the Supreme
Council of Health yesterday said.
“Unfortunately, more new cases might need to appear for us to be able to
understand the virus…in the meantime, we have provided all needed kits
to healthcare facilities here and a guideline they should follow unless
there is a new regulation from the WHO,” Dr al-Hajri stated.
explained that an interim surveillance recommendations for human
infection with novel coronavirus include a person with acute respiratory
infection, who may also have fever (above 38 degrees C) and cough as
well as pneumonia, or has travelled from the Arabia Peninsula and or
neighbouring countries within last 10 days.
Countries considered in
the Arabian Peninsula and neighbourhood include Bahrain, Iraq, Iran,
Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine territories, Qatar,
Saudi Arabia, Syria, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen.
added that any case that fits into the patient under investigation
definition should be managed with respiratory precautions and
immediately notified to the SCH’s HP and CDC section on hotline numbers
66740948 or 66740951 or fax – 44070812.