Senegal health authorities adopt measures to contain spread of coronavirus

Senegal has so far seen four people contract the new coronavirus, with a patient cured and soon released from hospital, according to the Ministry of Health. In the capital Dakar, medical staff at Fann hospital have set up systems to treat new cases of coronavirus and say they are confident and ready to face an epidemic. Emmanuelle Landais, Sarah Sakho and Elimane Ndao of FRANCE 24 tabled this report.

Patients who test positive for the new coronavirus are taken to Dakar’s Fak hospital, where doctors say they have made preparations to treat more cases of COVID-19, the infectious disease caused by the virus.

Professor Moussa Seydi, head of the infectious diseases department of Fann hospital said: “In this center, we have 12 single rooms but this center can be enlarged thanks to a mobile installation of 36 beds, this can be done very quickly, within a week. Obviously if we have a lot more cases, we will have to find a way for other hospitals to take care of the cases. “

The priority of health officials in this West African country is to contain the spread of the virus.

People are advised to protect themselves from the spread of the virus by simple actions such as washing their hands and covering their mouth and nose when sneezing or coughing.

In a busy downtown money transfer agency, employees follow the instructions.

“We have heard that banknotes can spread the virus, which is why the boss put this here, so that we use the disinfectant after each transaction,” cashier Djenaba Sy told FRANCE 24.

The Senegalese government has announced that it will deploy nearly 1.5 billion CFA francs – just over 2 million euros – to fight the epidemic.

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