Health Ministry announces new visiting policies at its hospitals from April 23

Health Ministry announces new visiting policies at its hospitals from April 23

The Ministry of Health (MOH) will allow patients in wards at its healthcare facilities to be accompanied by their caregivers and to receive visitors from this Saturday (April 23).

In a statement today, MOH however, said the caregiver and visitor policy in MOH hospitals during the transition to endemic phase, would be implemented based on certain criteria and subject to the capacity and capability of the respective hospitals and wards.

It said visitors and caregivers must be 12 years old and above, have completed the Covid-19 vaccination and do not belong to a high-risk group for Covid-19 infection.

“For caregivers of certain categories of patients who are required to undergo RTK Antigen tests, they must do so within 24 hours before arriving at the hospital. The date and time of the test together with a picture of the results must be included as proof,” according to the MOH.

They are also required to fill up the Covid-19 declaration form as well as comply with the standard operating procedures (SOP) set and wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as prescribed.

The MOH said for caregivers or visitors of non-Covid-19 patients, including those who accompany pregnant mothers during labour, they must undergo Covid-19 screening and test negative for the virus.

“Visits from family members of non-Covid-19 patients in the wards, Intensive Care Unit (ICU) or in critical condition (end of life) are allowed but are limited to two visitors at a time. Visitors are also encouraged to undergo Covid-19 test prior to the visit. - Bernama



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