The health personnel at Ibn Al-Nafees Hospital in Damascus have practical experience in viral respiratory diseases, which qualified them to be able to provide health care to suspected cases of the emerging corona virus through a medical isolation department that was equipped according to the general director of the hospital, Dr. Nizar Ibrahim.
During a dialogue event organized by the Ministry of Health for media professionals about the role of the media in spreading community awareness in light of the Corona pandemic, Dr. Ibrahim pointed out that since the beginning of the spread of the Corona virus, the hospital began to implement the preventive measures announced by the Ministry of Health and the World Health Organization in terms of protecting health personnel on the one hand and providing care to patients On the other hand.
And he indicated that every patient who has an accidental complaint similar to the symptoms of Corona is treated as infected with the virus until the result appears, either through laboratory diagnosis or radiographs, a CT scan that gives a reliable index of 90 percent, as the view of the opaque glass appears on the lung or clots in the small blood vessels surrounding the lung, which means The beginning of the lung tissue damage, indicating that appropriate drug treatment is provided to the patient according to the severity of the injury and the percentage of oxygenation, and in advanced cases, the medical team places the patient on external respiratory support devices to raise the degree of oxygenation and avoid access to the need to intubate the patient and place him on the artificial respirator.
According to Dr. Ibrahim, the cases reviewed at the hospital showed that the incidence of men’s infection is higher than that of women, and that the infection in young men and children is light and most of it is not symptomatic. The age group over 60 years old is more severely injured and in need of longer treatment, and the possibility of the need to enter intensive care and put on a respiratory system Artificial bigger.
He pointed out that the hospital has witnessed, during the last period, great pressure on respirators, given that some cases retreated late or have chronic diseases, in addition to the increase in the number of HIV infections.
Dr. Ibrahim suggested that a medical team be devoted to providing medical care to every neighborhood in the event that there are people infected with Corona without symptoms or mild to moderate symptoms, so that the patient is quarantined at his home according to strict health instructions with the provision of the appropriate treatment protocol and daily follow-up in order to relieve pressure on hospitals on the one hand and return to Providing its medical and other educational services as well on the other hand.
Ibrahim stressed that in the event of the spread of epidemics and viruses, as is currently happening with the Coronavirus, society must also take its role and assume its responsibility in terms of adhering to individual prevention measures and health instructions from wearing a muzzle, washing hands and spatial distancing, in addition to adhering to home quarantine for cases with mild or asymptomatic cases to ensure the safety of his family. And his community and request medical advice over the phone or the specialized medical team, as the case may be, stressing the role of the media in spreading awareness.
According to Dr. Ibrahim, there is not yet a single agreed global treatment protocol, and reaching that needs time due to the change of the virus and because it has six patterns, so finding the vaccine is the whole point of getting rid of the virus like the rest of the “influenza” diseases.