Directory of services
The department’s mission is to be a leading comprehensive center for the diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases and to forge a patient-focused environment.
SCOPE OF SERVICE
The Infectious Diseases Department conducts initial assessments, diagnosis, and treatment of acute and chronic communicable diseases. The department is assisted by the laboratory in performing comprehensive procedures for the isolation and identification of bacterial, mycobacterial, fungal, parasitic, and viral infections. It also conducts antibiotic susceptibility testing and serology tests for infectious agents.
The department also provides evaluation, consultation, and treatment of in and outpatients with bacterial, fungal, viral, protozoan (malaria, amebiasis, leishmaiasis, etc.) myco-bacterial (TB, Leprosy), and HIV/AIDS infection.
The department has extensive experience in treating immuno-compromised patients including:
- Post-organ transplants.
- Cancer patients.
- Patients with drug induced immuno-suppression.
- Treating patients with high fever of unknown origin.
- Hospital acquired infections (post-operative fever and fever in ICU).
- Consultants are on stand-by for emergency cases on a 24-hours per day, 7 days per week basis.
As well as the above, the department provides the following services:
- Periodic health examinations.
- Administration of all recommended routine immunizations.
- Travel history and administration of required immunizations.
- Health insurance examinations.
- Pre-employment physicians’ examinations.
- Pre-marital examinations.
- Pre-admission physical examinations to schools and colleges/ universities.
The Infectious Diseases Department works hand-in-hand with the Infection Control Unit, which aggressively monitors infection rates within the hospital. Infection Control surveys and tracks changes in bacterial drug susceptibility, manages outbreaks of infection, and develops strategies to maintain a low incidence of infection in the hospital.
Immunizations and vaccines currently available include:
- Twinrex (hepatitis A hepatitis B).
- Engerix B vaccine (hepatitis B).
- Typhoid vaccine.
- Meningococcal vaccine.
- Avaxim (hepatitis A infant).
- Influenza vaccine.
- Mephloquin tablets for malaria.
Immunizations and vaccines that will be available in the near future include:
- Yellow fever vaccine (approved by the MOH but not yet available).
- Chloroquine tablets and syrup for malaria.
- Malarex tablets.