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‘COVID-19 can be fought by following precautionary measures’

20 Apr 2021

In the wake of COVID-19 cases increasing rapidly, officials have urged the public to strictly adhere to precautionary measures and follow the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health (MoH) in order to contain the spread of the virus.

H E Dr Ahmed bin Mohammed al Sa’eedi, Minister of Health, while visiting Dhofar governorate to assess the situation, commended the role of medical staff there who, he said, exerted tremendous efforts to keep the situation under control. He urged all health workers to stick to precautionary measures and instructions issued by the ministry. 

“The protection of the medical staff and their families is considered a matter of top priority,” he said. H E Dr Sa’eedi reaffirmed that the disease can be controlled through a variety of means, the most important of which are vaccination, wearing  face masks, maintaining physical distance between individuals and avoiding gatherings. 

“Many countries managed to control the disease in this way, much before vaccinations were introduced. Therefore, it is significant that all should comply before the situation deteriorates and our health system is overwhelmed.”

He said there are enough ventilators and there is no shortage in such equipment in Dhofar governorate or any other. 

He also reaffirmed that test solutions are in abundant quantity and that a single solution is distributed to all governorates, but priority is given to Dhofar governorate due to its geographical distance.

H E Sayyid Mohammed bin Sultan al Busaidi, Minister of State and Governor of Dhofar, said that great efforts are being exerted by the medical staff to deal with the pandemic despite a spike in infections and deaths. 

“Non-compliance, social gatherings and failure to wear face masks are the most common and serious causes of spread of COVID-19. We have observed youth, mostly, not wearing face masks,” he said.


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