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Announcements 2020

IMPORTANT HEALTH NEWS


Inawgurata berġa ġdida fil-qalba tal-Fgura - 3 ta' Settembru 2020​

Giet inawgurata berġa ġdida fil-qalba tal-Fgura. Din il-berġa se tkun qed toffri sitt servizzi differenti lil iktar minn tnax-il elf resident tal-Fgura u tal-lokalitajiet tal-madwar. Din il-berġa hija waħda minn sensiela ta' bereġ fil-komunità u ċentri tas-saħħa li qed jinbnew jew jiġu renovati madwar Malta. 

Is-servizzi offruti fil-berġa tal-Fgura se jinkludu l-klinika tat-tabib tal-familja, tal-infermiera, tal-patoloġija tal-lingwa mitkellma, tal-fiżjoterapija, l-podjatrija u servizzi ta' saħħa mentali. 

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Stqarrija għall-Istampa: Telemedicine: Servizz ta’ pariri mediċi 24 siegħa kuljum - July 2020​

Fl-aħħar xhur, il-kura primarja bdiet tagħti servizz lill-poplu Malti u Għawdxi permezz ta’ telemedicine. Kunċett ġdid li, permezz tiegħu, il-konsulta medika bdiet ukoll issir permezz ta’ forom differenti ta’ komunikazzjoni bħal Skype u Zoom.

Waqt li żar lit-tobba li qegħdin imexxu dan il-kunċett ġdid fil-qasam mediku f’pajjiżna, id-Deputat Prim Ministru u Ministru għas-Saħħa Chris Fearne qal li l-pandemija wasslet biex noħolqu sistemi aktar innovattivi kif il-pazjenti jistgħu jkollhom kuntatt mat-tobba mingħajr ma bilfors jiltaqgħu fiżikament.

Dan is-servizz qiegħed mifrux ma’ Malta u Għawdex kollu u qiegħed jingħata servizz 24 siegħa kuljum. Il-klijenti/pazjenti tal-kura primarja l-ewwel jaqbdu mal-Client Support Centre li huwa l-ewwel kuntatt li jkollu l-klijent. Dawk il-persuni li jkollhom bżonn pariri mediċi jiġu mgħoddija lit-Telemedicine Centre, li huwa mħaddem ukoll 24 siegħa kuljum minn grupp ta’ tobba tal-familja. 

It-tobba li jaħdmu f’dan iċ-ċentru huma responsabbli biex jagħtu l-pariri mediċi lill-pazjenti u jekk hemm bżonn jibagħtu fid-dar tal-pazjent tobba miċ-Ċentri tas-Saħħa.

Fost oħrajn, tobba fi ħdan it-Telemedicine Centre kien​u wkoll qed iżommu kuntatt dirett ma’ persuni pożittivi bil-COVID-19 li ma kellhomx bżonn jkunu l-isptar. 

​“Huwa ta’ sodisfazzjoni li dan il-kunċett ġdid fi ftit xhur għamlu użu minnu ’l fuq minn 15,000 persuna, minbarra l-persuni pożittivi li kellna tal-Covid-19 li ukoll baqgħu jiġu segwiti permezz tat-tobba tat-Telemedicine,” qal id-Deputat Prim Ministru u Ministru għas-Saħħa Chris Fearne.

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Stqarrija għall-Istampa: Għeluq Temporanju taċ-Ċentru tas-Saħħa tal-Gżira - May 2020​
 
Mill-14 ta’ Mejju 2020, iċ-Ċentru tas-Saħħa tal-Gżira se jagħlaq il-bibien tiegħu biex jagħmel bidu għat-triq tal-programm ta’ immodernizzar u irrinnovament maġġuri, liema proġett se jkun iffinanzjat parzjalment mil-grant mogħti lill-Primary HealthCare Primarja mill-Fond Soċjali għall-Iżvilupp Nazzjonali (NDSF) f'Mejju 2019. Il-proġett kollu huwa mistenni li jkun lest fl-2021.

Għaldaqstant, mill-15 ta’ Mejju 2020 sakemm jinħareġ avviż ieħor, ir-residenti tal-Gżira u llokalitajiet tal-madwar li bħalissa qed jinqdew miċ-Ċentru tas-Saħħa tal-Gżira ser ikunu jistgħu jkomplu jirċievu numru ta’ servizzi minn sit temporanju li jinsab ftit passi ‘l bogħod miċ-Ċentru tasSaħħa fi Triq San Albert stess. Dan is-sit temporanju kien possibbli permezz tal-assistenza tal-Kunsill Lokali tal-Gżira.

Is-sit temporanju jkunu miftuħ mit-Tnejn sal-Ħadd u ser iżomm l-istess ħinijiet tal-ftuħ taċ-Ċentru tas-Saħħa tal-Gżira, filwaqt lis-servizzi li ser jingħataw jinkludu:

(1) Is-Servizz tat-Tabib
(2) Is-Servizz tal-Infermiera
(3) Il-Tehid tad-Demm
(4) Il-Klinika tal-Point of Care
(5) Il-Klinika tar-Reviżjoni tar-Riżultati Mediċi (sospiż temporanjament minħabba s-sitwazzjoni COVID-19)
(6) Il-Klinika tad-Dijabete (sospiż temporanjament minħabba s-sitwazzjoni COVID-19)
(7) It-Treatment Room
(8) Il-Kura tal-Feriti

Is-Servizzi l-oħra kollha li normalment ikunu disponibbli abbażi ta’ appuntament se jkunu disponibbli miċ-Ċentri tas-Saħħa tal-Furjana, ta’ B’Kara u tal-Mosta. Il-Client Support Centre tal-Primary HealthCare ser ikun qed jikkoordina dawn l-appuntament, u l-pazjenti ser jiġu mgħarrfa blappuntament tagħhom permezz tat-telefon u ta’ SMS.

F’każ ta’ bżonn ta’ iktar informazzjoni, inti ġentilment mitlub/a iċċempel il-Client Support Centre tal-Primary HealthCare fuq 21231231 jew 21222444.

For the English version of this press release please click here​

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Novel Coronavirus - Situation Updates - March 2020

​For the latest updates please click here​.  
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Press Release by the Superintendence of Public Health - Update on the novel coronavirus outbreak - 2nd March 2020
L-Awtoritajiet tas-Saħħa Maltin qegħdin isegwu l-aħħar żviluppi b'rabta mal-COVID-19, u dwar sorveljanza u żamma tal-virus. ​

Fuq rakkomandazzjonijiet taċ-Ċentru Ewropew għall-Prevenzjoni u Kontroll tal-Mard (ECDC), li nħarġu llum, 2 ta' Marzu 2020, ittestjar għal COVID-19 se jsir fuq pazjenti li qegħdin isoffru minn infezzjoni respiratorja bis-sogħla, deni jew qtugħ ta' nifs u li kienu f'wieħed mill-pajjiżi fejn hemm trasmissjoni lokali tal-COVID-19 matul l-aħħar 14-il jum.

Dawn il-pajjiżi jew reġjuni jikkonsistu:

Ir-Reġjun tal-Punent Paċifiku:
  • Ċina (inkluż ir-Reġjun Speċjali Amministrattiv ta' Hong Kong)
  • Ir-Repubblika tal-Korea
  • Ġappun
  • Singapore
  • Awstralja
  • Malażja
  • Vjetnam

Ir-Reġjun tal-Ewropa:
  • Italja
  • Franza
  • Ġermanja
  • Spanja
  • Renju Unit
  • Norveġja
  • Kroazja
  • l-Olanda
  • San Marino

Ir-Reġjun tax-Xlokk tal-Asja:
  • Tajlandja

Ir-Reġjun tal-Lvant tal-Mediterran:
  • Iran
  • Emirati Għarab Magħquda

Ir-reġjun Amerikan:
  • Kanada
  • Stati Uniti tal-Amerka


Persuni bis-sintomi msemmija hawn fuq u li kienu f'dawn il-pajjiżi fl-aħħar 14-il ġurnata, għandhom iċemplu lit-tabib tagħhom jew il-helpline apposta 21324086. Dawn il-persuni huma avżati biex ma jżurux kliniċi tat-tobba, iċ-ċentri tas-saħħa u d-dipartiment tal-emerġenza, bħala l-ewwel kuntatt tagħhom.

Ir-rakkomandazzjonijiet biex persuna tagħmel kwarantina lilha nnifisha jibqa' għal dawk ir-reġjuni u pajjiżi fejn it-trasmissjoni bejn persuna u oħra hija għolja. Dawn huma:
  • In-naħa ta' fuq tal-Italja: Lombardija, Piedmont, Veneto u Emilia Romagna
  • Ċina (li tinkludi ir-Reġjun Speċjali Amministrattiv ta' Hong Kong)
  • Singapore
  • Ġappan
  • Iran
  • Il-Korea t'Isfel

Il-pubbliku inġenerali huma mfakkra biex jieħdu l-prekawzjonijiet neċessarji għall-prevenzjoni ta' infezzjonijiet respiratorji:

Naddaf: naddaf idejk ta' spiss billi taħsilhom bl-ilma u sappun jew billi tuża hand rub.

Waqqaf: Waqqaf milli mikrobu jinfirex billi toqgħod id-dar jekk tħossok ma tiflaħx. Tmurx għax-xogħol u tibgħatx lit-tfal l-iskola sakemm jgħaddu s-sintomi. Iżżurx persuni l-isptar jekk tkun ma tiflaħx.

Agħtti: Uża tissue biex tgħatti ħalqek u mnieħrek meta tagħtas jew tisgħol. Tħallix it-tissues użati jiġru. Tagħttix ħalqek u mnieħrek bil-pala ta' jdejk meta tagħtas jew tisgħol għax tista' tikkontamina l-affarijiet li tmiss.​

Għal iktar informazzjoni, il-pubbliku huwa mħeġġeġ jċempel il-COVID-19 helpline fuq 21324086 jew iżur il-website www.covid19.gov.mt​.
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Press Release by the Superintendence of Public Health - Update on the novel coronavirus outbreak - 25th January 2020
The Superintendence of Public Health is monitoring the situation of the clusters of pneumonia detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China and is following the advice of the World Health Organisation (WHO) and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC).

Following the first reports of a cluster of pneumonia cases in the Chinese Wuhan municipality at the end of December 2019, Chinese authorities identified a as causative agent a new coronavirus which is genetically related to SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV at the beginning of 2020.

To date, almost 500 human infections in China as well as exported cases in Thailand, Japan, South Korea and the United States have been confirmed. The outbreak in Wuhan has initially been linked to a large seafood and animal market, suggesting a possible zoonotic origin to the outbreak.

However, so far, the source of infection remains unknown and can therefore still be active, which could lead to further cases being detected. The outbreak investigations are on-going and in this rapidly evolving context.

The WHO convened on Wednesday 22nd of January and Thursday 23rd January an Emergency Committee to determine if this outbreak should be categorised as a PHEIC (Public Health Emergency of International Concerns).  It was decided that it is too early to declare a PHEIC, however, WHO called for all countries to have preparedness and response plans in place with a focus on early detection, testing, and isolation of cases.

Malta is taking the necessary precautions in relations to coronavirus, through various actions:

  1. A coordinating team for national response has been set up and is being led by the Superintendence of Public Health.
  2. There is constant communication with WHO, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the EU Health Security Committee. The European Council is organising regular teleconferences for all Member States to which Malta Public Health authorities participate to receive updates and advice on actions.
  3. Surveillance and preparedness for case finding enhanced.
  4. Communication with media, advice to clinicians and traveller's advice.
  5. Preparedness at Mater Dei Hospital and Primary Care Organising of laboratory testing via coordination with labs abroad and local testing, infection control measures and preparedness at hospital level should there be a suspected case.

Travellers should:
a.         Avoid visiting wet markets or places where live or dead animals are handled.
b.         Avoid contact with sick persons, in particular with respiratory symptoms.
c.         Adhere to good hand and food hygiene.
d.         Avoid contact with animals, their excretions or droppings.

Travellers with acute respiratory symptoms (fever, shortness of breath, cough or sore throat) within 14 days of visiting Wuhan are advised to contact their doctor and indicate their travel history to Wuhan and contact the Infectious Disease Prevention and Control Unit on 21324086.

In addition, due to the currently high activity of the seasonal influenza epidemic in China, travellers should receive seasonal influenza vaccination at least two weeks prior to travel to prevent severe disease.

No travel restrictions recommended as yet as per WHO advice. 

For advice for the public please click here​
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Electronic Patient Records - January 2020​

Primary HealthCare have embarked on a project to replace the existing paper-based system in Health Centres, and provide a robust basis for patient-record keeping by family doctors and other health professionals in Primary HealthCare for improved continuity of care. In the upcoming months you will be noting a transition taking place within Health Centres and Community Clinics, where health professionals will start taking notes on electronic system rather than the traditional paper files.

For further details please click here​

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New Anti-Cervical Cancer Vaccine for girls - 2nd January 2020


A new vaccine against cervical cancer which is being offered to all 12 year old girls has been introduced.


The vaccine provided by the government since 2013 targeted only two strains of the infection. The new vaccine targets six. The government has since provided protection against HPV (human papillomaviruses) to girls aged 12 through what is known as a bivalent vaccine.


With the introduction of the new vaccine, which provides protection against nine types of HPV, the cervical cancer rate is expected to go down further in the coming years.