Muscat: To create awareness among people about Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) threat, the Directorate General of Health Services has distributed posters and booklets to the hospitals, the representative of a private hospital has said.
The posters have been made and distributed by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in view of the expected spread of MERS-CoV infection during Haj and Umrah season and the Khareef season in Salalah.
With MERS-CoV cases being reported in the neighbouring countries, the Ministry of Health is constantly monitoring cases through its epidemiological surveillance system.
According to the Ministry of Health, no new cases of MERS-CoV have been reported in Oman this year. It may be recalled that the coronavirus had claimed two lives in 2013.
"We are being told to collect posters from the Ministry of Health focal teams and display them in our facilities, including doctors' rooms, nursing stations, labs, etc," KO Devassy, group marketing manager at Badr Al Samaa Hospitals, said, adding that posters are not for patients and will not be displayed in patients' waiting areas or on general notice boards.
Meanwhile, eight new cases of H1N1 were recorded in Oman during the second half of July but there was no case of any death, the MoH said.
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