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President discusses precautions with tourism sector officials

Shahudha Mohamed
29 January 2020, MVT 20:17
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih speaking to the stakeholders of the tourism industry about the precautions against the novel coronavirus. PHOTO: PRESIDENT'S OFFICE
Shahudha Mohamed
29 January 2020, MVT 20:17

President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, on Wednesday, met with officials of Maldives Association of Tourism Industry (MATI) and discussed precautionary measures put in place against the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

During the meeting held at the President's Office, tourism sector stakeholders were briefed about the preventive measures undertaken by the state against the spread of the virus.

President Solih highlighted that a 12-bed isolation facility was set up in Hulhumale' Hospital to quarantine and treat patients if an infected case is found in Maldives. Moreover, Dharumavantha Hospital has a four-bed isolated Intensive Care Unit is, should an infected case be found in critical condition as well.

Noting that a call centre to provide information about the virus, the President also stated that three ambulances were designated for the isolated transportation of any suspected cases. He further added that clinical guidelines and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was formulated to address any possible cases that may arise.

In addition, discussions were also held about the pre-emptive measures which should be taken by all tourism establishments including tourist resorts, guesthouses and safari vessels.

Speaking at the meeting, officials of MATI briefed the President about their recent discussions with officials of the Ministry of Tourism and other tourism sector stakeholders regarding the coronavirus outbreak. They further encouraged the strict screening mechanisms at airports and other points of entry into the country.

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