COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way we live and work. Even though the widespread vaccination has now curbed the spread and extent of the pandemic, there are sporadic episodes of new variants across the world. During the start of COVID-19 pandemic, our clinic was hit hard by the spread of corona virus and overrun by patients like any other healthcare settings in the world. But thanks to some good practices, we were successful in containing the spread of corona virus.
One of the effective good practices in my current job at the border clinic is having a fever corner. Having a fever corner before entering the clinics has many advantages. Firstly, it serves as an effective filtering process for patients with high fever and high risks of COVID-19 entering the clinics. Those with high fever and high risk factors will be tested with covid-19 RDT. It prevents the spread of COVID-19 to other patients in the clinics, mitigating the risk of spread. One of the good practices is having a policy on paid leave for healthcare workers who have contracted COVID-19 till they tested negative.
Another good practice is issuing a pamphlet on how to isolate and how to stay well during quarantine and how to wear masks in our fever corner and places where these pamphlet can be easily accessible to the general public. These three specific practices have made our clinic better in controlling the spread of COVID-19 in our community. Healthcare policy makers should include these practices such as having a fever corner, paid leave while in a quarantine, and raising awareness on how to wear masks and other practices in their policy to have a community with well-contained COVID-19 spread.