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Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache. (iWN file photo)
Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache. (iWN file photo)
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Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dr. Simone Keizer-Beache is reminding the public that certain groups of persons should be especially careful not to contract COVID-19, as they are more likely to have poor outcomes.

“The Ministry of Health, Wellness and the Environment wants to remind the public about those groups of people who would be particularly vulnerable to having poor outcomes when they become infected with COVID-19.

“Those persons are who have chronic non-communicable diseases, such as diabetes, hypertension, chronic renal disease, sickle cell anaemia, also persons who might have SLE (systemic lupus erythematosus), any disease that persons have to deal with for a prolonged period of time that cannot be cured but rather controlled,” Keizer-Beache said on Monday, as the country recorded its second COVID-19 death.

“And therefore, it is extremely important that those persons with such conditions maintain good control of the conditions as possible. If you are diabetic, please do not forget your medication, please stick with your diet, please continue to exercise as possible.”

On Friday, Justina Pompey, 49, became the country’s first COVID-19 fatality, followed, on Monday, by an 80-year-old man.

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Keizer-Beache said Pompey had diabetes and hypertension and presented to health professionals in a very unstable state, while the male patient had chronic non-communicable diseases.

She said that persons who are hypertensive should continue to take their medication and make sure their blood pressure is well controlled, including using diet and exercise.

“Additionally, such persons should be very careful about going out and about and should not do that without wearing a mask at all times. Family members of such persons also need to be very careful when they are out and about, about wearing a mask.

“That way, they can protect their loved ones so that they don’t get it (COVID-19), they don’t bring it into the home,” Keizer-Beache said.

The CMO said there are other interventions that can be used.

“While in the home, if you are particularly worried, if you feel you might have been exposed to COVID-19 and you have a loved one in the home who is elderly, who has non-communicable diseases such as diabetes or hypertension, you should continue to use your mask in the home whenever you are close to such persons or when you’re taking care of those persons, if those person need your assistance for their daily activities.”

She further said that health care workers are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

“And even as we use our protective gear, our masks, our shields, we wash our hands, because we are particularly exposed in terms of the number of persons we see, we have to be extremely careful. And so to protect everyone, as healthcare workers, we ask that the public you wear your mask. By wearing your mask, you are protecting yourself, you are also protecting us. It is extremely important.”

She urged everyone to comply with the protocols that call for the wearing of masks in public spaces, adding that this should also be done in private spaces, if necessary.

“We all decrease our close contacts in terms of when we’re interacting with persons; stay as far away as can be. For persons who must come out, please wear your masks, do your distancing, cleanse your hands as much as possible. For those who can stay home, that will be the best if you don’t have to go out to work,” Keizer-Beache said.

3 replies on “Persons with NCDs get special reminder to avoid COVID-19”

  1. In this case we need to inform our Health Professionals that they are inadvertantly passing-on FALSE information based on FEAR and Global Political Agendas. ( remember also: the best place for you to be if you do not want the virus is to stay OUTSIDE in sunlight. Not inside!

    The reporter on this video is an award-winning Journalist that graduated with a Masters Degree before he was old enough to drive.

  2. Our Health Professionals REALLY NEED to learn about Virology. The information they are putting out actually puts people MORE at risk. It would be better if they told us to stay OUTSIDE as much as possible and DO NOT wear a facemask! Instead they are telling us the opposite…VERY SAD!
    People! Let’s learn to think for ourselves! Look for your own TRUE INFORMATION BASED ON FACTS INSTEAD OF CORPORATE AND GLOBAL POLITICAL AGENDAS, and from that information make prudent decisions.

  3. Dr. Simone Keizer-Beach, as the “Chief Medical Officer,” why would you advise anyone to perform activities of daily living for a loved one in that same home who is elderly, and have non-communicable diseases? If He/she thinks that they have been exposed to the virus, plain and simple, that is a recipe for disaster. Wearing a mask only, cannot protect your family member. You are in proximity of the other person and can easily transmit the virus to that person.
    If a person feels that he/she has been exposed to COVID-19, please isolate yourself from other family members.
    If you are symptomatic stay away from your loved ones. Sometimes, you only experience mild symptoms that is also contagious and fatal.
    This virus is very dangerous, healthcare system in develop countries are overwhelmed. Nurses and doctors are push to their limits and they are burned out. Watching what is taking place and speaking utter nonsense is two different things. Please stay safe my fellow citizens the hospitals in your country cannot handle this influx.

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