The Malta Independent 15 August 2020, Saturday

Only expecting mothers to be are allowed during gynaecologist appointments

Giulia Magri Saturday, 1 August 2020, 13:40 Last update: about 14 days ago

As the local numbers of COVID-19 cases have increased, partners or fathers-to be are no longer allowed into gynaecologist appointments at Mater Dei Hospital with their partners. Celia Falzon, CEO of Mater Dei explained that only one person is allowed during out-patient appointments. “This is being done to ensure to appropriate social distancing and safeguarding the health of expectant mothers.”

Many expecting mothers have posted their reaction to the measure, as many state they are upset about others’ irresponsible actions in failing to limit the spread of the pandemic. Some women are concerned that their partners might not be allowed to be present in the labour room whilst they give birth. Falzon confirmed that currently father or birth partners are still allowed to be present at their babies’ birth and that there will be no changes to the policy.

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The ball is in the government’s court: MAM stick to directives unless government bans mass events

The Medical Association of Malta (MAM) doctors union will stick to the directives planned for Monday, as the “ball is in the government’s court now,” explained Martin Balzan, president of the union.

“We will wait for the government’s response; our position is very clear and we are currently sticking to our directives which will come into force this Monday,” explained Balzan. When this newsroom asked Balzan whether the government has reached out to the Unions, he said that he could not provide that information, but that they are working to resolve the issue.

Doctors are instructed to not see any patient at outpatients and to close 42 community clinics on Monday. Despite the Deputy Prime Minister and Health Minister Chris Fearne announcing new limitations for mass events and all feast marches banned, doctors will still go ahead with industrial action.

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