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    COVID-19 in Jeddah Islamic Port (Ministry of Health, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia)

    Authors: Nashwan M. Abdullah(1), Abdullah J. Alsahafi(2), Ahmed A. Osman(3), Mohammed S. Alharbi(1*), Essa A. Aljehany(1), Adel S. Alghamdi(1), Tarek A. Alzahrani(1), Majed M. Alqarni(1), Hassan O. Qahwaji(1), Ruwaida A. Aljazzar(1),
    Health Surveillance Centers at Jeddah Islamic Port, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia(1)
    Public Health Director, Jeddah Health Affairs, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia(2)
    Department of Health Education and Health Promotion, Faculty of Public Health and Health Informatics, Umm Al-Qura University, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia(3)
    *Email: malharbi26@moh.gov.sa
    Doi: doi.org/10.52132/Ajrsp.e.2021.303


    Health Surveillance Centers at Jeddah Islamic Port (HSCJIP) devised a plan consisting of preventive measures implemented alongside several agencies to contend with COVID-19. We aimed to explore the experience of the Ministry of Health in Jeddah in terms of dealing with COVID-19 in the Jeddah Islamic Port (JIP) in 2020. Methods: This is a cross-sectional study using secondary data from the HSCJIP, the primary data of which have been collected as a part of routine health surveillance. Results: HSCJIP identified 261 patients with 676 contacts and they performed 472 visits to thermal scans points and performed 106,633 thermal scans to the employee and visitors. Discussion and conclusion: HSCJIP conducted an epidemiological investigation of positive cases and follow-up of contacts with the quarantine of confirmed cases. Moreover, several infection control measures were applied such as thermal scans. Monitoring visits at government and private agencies at the port were required. In quarantine facilities, there was a need to assign doctors, nurses, pharmacists, infection control specialists, and health management staff and to define their tasks and coordinate their activities during work. There was also a need for HSCJIP to apply all environmental sanitation and infection control requirements to the quarantine facilities, with remarkable cooperation from the hotel administration, in order to meet all the needs of the medical team, including the provision of medical files, medicines, personal protective equipment, forms and patient files of referral and follow-up cases, and preparation for requirements for the safe disposal of medical waste in patient rooms.


    COVID-19, Epidemic, Experience of MOH, Jeddah Islamic Port, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

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