MERS coronavirus is becoming somewhat of a nuisance for infection control experts these days. It is because it interferes more than it should with people’s way of living. Instead of relying on health-care facilities to improve and maintain a healthy lifestyle, patients who are either vulnerable, have to move a lot or interact a lot with the environment are exposed to MERS.
Control experts suggested that treatment should be centralized under the watchful eye of the Ministry of Health so that the disease be brought under control. Thus, all hospitals should undergo a routine checkup performed by the Command and Control Center, making sure all the necessary health conditions are upheld.
The speed with which the MERS-coronavirus does not seem to be very fast and the majority of cases that have been recorded in Riyadh come from one single source. Experts have declared that “focus on the health-care setting” is the most efficient way to prevent the virus from spreading out. But these measures need to be taken fast since the Umrah and Haj seasons seem to help the virus spread faster.
There are two major institutions that are looking at the issue for the time being: the National Guard and the second one is none other than the community itself. While the National Guard’s Armed Forces Medical Services, Health Affairs, hospitals and other medical services are the mechanism that drives the movement forward, the community did not choose to stand aside and help as best as they can.
But community is a little bit broad, so let us explain exactly who is involved. We are talking about the agriculture department and other municipalities who are mainly dealing with coordination in between partners. If the National Guard is the mechanism, the community is the heart and soul of the operation, ensuring that a clear goal is kept in mind by all partners and that they are united.
The coronavirus is not a recent issue, having been identified in the Kingdom around 4 years ago for the first time. Ever since, ministers started being appointed in order to solve the problem. Statistics have shown that there were approximately 1120 confirmed cases back in 2012. Out of all these cases, 480 were fatal and another 590 patients are known to have responded well to treatment.
While the issue is far from being eradicated, health ministers continue the fight, asking all partners and whoever can to join the cause and prevent the spreading of the infection. Camels are also being kept under surveillance so that the virus’ source can be monitored at all time.
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