Precautionary measures in place to curb virus spread

Numerous precautionary measures have been implemented by the Ministry of Health since the first confirmed COVID-19 case in Brunei.

One such measure was the practice of social distancing.

In view of the COVID-19 outbreak, Jerudong Park Medical Centre (JPMC), Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre (PJSC) and Gleneagles JPMC, caring for vulnerable groups of patients – elderly and those with chronic illnesses, pregnant women and children – have taken steps to ensure the safety of its patients and staff members.

These institutions have implemented precautionary measures as per the Ministry of Health’s advice.

– Premises within the health complex are thoroughly cleaned and sanitised on a regular basis.

– Visitors are screened prior to entering the health complex and those who are feeling unwell or are experiencing symptoms of fever, cough and flu are advised not to enter.

File photo of Jerudong Park Medical Centre, Pantai Jerudong Specialist Centre and Gleneagles JPMC. PHOTO: PJSC

– Limiting the number of visitors to the premises such as clinics, wards, pharmacy, rehabilitation department for physiotherapy, occupational therapy and/or speech therapy services or other patient areas to only one companion for each patients.

– If more than one companion accompanies the patient, they will be asked to wait outside the premises.

– During in-patient visiting hours, only one visitor per patient will be allowed at any one time for 30 minutes.

– Children below the age of 12 are not allowed to visit.

– The health complex also temporarily suspended non-urgent surgeries, health screening packages and promotions to reduce the number of people in Outpatient Clinics and in the health complex.

– Only urgent and emergency surgeries and praocedures, and cancer surgeries will be performed until further notice.

– Seats have been arranged to ensure physical distancing and also in the shuttle buses to avoid overcrowding and close physical contact.

– The number of people utilising the suraus and lifts are limited to four or five at any one time.

– Visitors are also advised to avoid handshaking.