GIS – 27 May, 2020: Hospitalised patients with Covid-19 will henceforth be informed as regards the risks and side-effects of hydroxychloroquine and will be administered the medication only with their written consent.
The spokesperson of the National Communication Committee on Covid-19, Dr Zouberr Joomaye, made this announcement this evening, during the press briefing of the said Committee, held through videoconference from the New Treasury Building, in Port Louis.
He underlined that this decision has been taken following the controversy with regard to the paper published last week in the Lancet medical journal on the health risks resulting from the use of hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment and the World Health Organization (WHO) pausing clinical trials of the drug.
The drug, said the spokesperson, has so far been extensively used globally as a treatment against the novel coronavirus and Mauritius itself has so far successfully treated 322 patients over 334 with it.
Hence, he pointed out that based on a careful reassessment of the use of the hydroxychloroquine as a Covid-19 treatment carried out by health officials of the Ministry of Health and Wellness, the High level Committee of Covid-19 has agreed on maintaining the use of the drug, unless the WHO advises against it.
Dr Joomaye also recalled that Government is working on a repatriation strategy to bring back Mauritians stranded abroad and several flights are scheduled to this end.
While speaking about the two imported cases of Covid-19, he announced that as a precautionary measure, all those admitted in quarantine centres will, henceforth, be subject to increased testing. This will be carried out as follows: upon patient’s admittance, one week following admittance and on departure.
As for the Minister of Gender Equality and Family Welfare, Mrs Kalpana Devi Koonjoo-Shah, she underlined that Government has taken into account the numerous queries and concerns of parents resuming work as from next week, as the lockdown ends. Thus, the authorities have agreed on the reopening of child day care centres as from 02 June 2020.
Moreover, she underscored the unflinching commitment of Government to cater for the well-being of the population, and during this time of crisis, to cater to the needs of parents while ensuring the safety of children.
Hence, she indicated that the reopening of day care centres will be made according to strict sanitary measures, namely: the staff members of the institutions will have to undergo testing for Covid-19 so that they obtain authorisation for operation, and the premises will be cleaned regularly. The same precautionary measures are applicable for school vans operators, she pointed out.
The Minister also cautioned parents that their wards should not be sent to school if they show any sickness symptoms for they will be refused admittance by the school personnel.
Covid-19 updates as at 27 May 2020
- Mauritius has registered 334 positive Covid-19 cases, including 10 deaths and 322 successfully treated patients
- The country currently has two active Covid-19 cases
- A total of 250 passengers are in the five quarantine centres
- Since the outbreak of the pandemic in Mauritius, 108 501 Covid-19 tests have been carried out, including 81 014 Rapid Antigen Tests and 27 487 PCR tests
- Mauritius ranks among the first countries as regards the greatest number of testing per 1 000 people
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