Services at Nicosia and Limassol Hospitals partially resumed

Services at the island`s two main hospitals partially resumed on Thursday as the island is now counting six confirmed coronavirus cases.

The Outpatients Department of Nicosia General Hospital has reopened however the cardiac and vascular surgery departments will remain closed until Sunday, 15 March. All surgeries and admissions for all specialties have been cancelled until Sunday. Patients recovering in hospital will be discharged according to their condition while those who require immediate surgery will be referred to the private sector through the purchase of services.

Visitors are not allowed at the hospital until Sunday.

All scheduled appointments at Limassol General hospital resumed on Thursday but scheduled admissions and surgeries will remain cancelled until Sunday. Visitors are also advised to adhere to visiting hours and only one visitor at a time.

The ministry of Health urged people to go to ER only in cases of emergencies while those who have travelled to the affected areas and have mild symptoms to remain home and contact 1420 for instructions. The 1420 hotline, it added, should only used for people to describe their symptoms.

Meanwhile, a four year old boy is at Makarios Hospital in Nicosia after having upper respiratory symptoms and fever, following contact with a confirmed coronavirus case in Paphos, Avraam Elia, head of the Paediatrics Department of the Makarios Hospital said.

At the same time hospitals urged people to come forward and donate blood as the blood bank is at low levels.

Officials also noted Famagusta district should not be worried that their hospital is being used as a reference hospital for

coronavirus treatment.

Patients, said the hospital’s scientific Director, Amalia Hadziyianni are being monitored by specially trained staff. The hospital has limited its services and is concentrating on treating coronavirus cases. However, scheduled surgeries will be restricted to allow for more beds available.

Police is also checking restaurants and night clubs, urging owners to abide by the government decree prohibiting indoor gatherings of over 75 people until end of March.

Tomorrow’s plenary of the House of Representatives will take place with only members of the House and a small number of staff. It will be broadcast live on television.

Source: Cyprus News Agency