By Isha Sesay • 14 February 2020 • 16:16
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THE Ministry of Health in the Canary Islands have confirmed that the first patient diagnosed with coronavirus has been discharged from the General Hospital of La Gomera.
A spokesperson for the Ministry confirmed that the German tourist had produced a negative result in a test sent to the National Centre for Microbiology of the Carlos III Health Institute in Madrid.
The patient is now free to do any activity that they want since no restrictions of any kind are have been put in place by specialised medical personnel. The rest of his four travel companions are also expected to be released from quarantine at a holiday home in the municipality of Hermigua.
Teresa Cruz Oval, the Minister of Health for the Canary Islands, thanked all those that treated the infected patient and showed “exemplary and collaborative” behaviour at all times during their care.
She also praised the “excellent coordination of all professionals who have intervened in this situation from the General Directorate of Public Health of the SCS to the General Directorate of Security and Emergencies, whose intervention has been decisive in identifying those in close contact with the infected patient.”
In addition, she highlighted the work of the management teams at the General Hospital of La Gomera, the University Hospital Nuestra Señora de La Candelaria and the Directorate of the Health Area of La Gomera, giving a special thanks to “doctors and nurses who have been in close contact with the German tourists.”
Oval reassured the population that in recent weeks specific training has been given to hospital and out-of-hospital managers throughout the Canary Islands’ health system. As Euro weekly News understands, a Canary Islands Scientific Committee has been created for the preparation and response to emergency health situations.
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