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Read on to see responses from the IST Clinic team to Frequently Asked Questions about COVID-19. Download the below document to have these FAQs in PDF form.
How does testing for COVID-19 work?
Testing for COVID-19 will only be done in discussion with one of the IST Medical Doctors and with the agreement of the patient. The IST Clinic has been officially recognized by the Ministry of Health (MoH) as a testing facility. Testing can, therefore, be done safely at the IST Clinic’s COVID-19 facility. IST Clinic staff will administer the test, which is a swab of the throat and nose. Samples will then be sent to a Government laboratory for analysis. Results typically take 24 hours. The Clinic will also administer blood tests to check for other possible infections, such as malaria, that require medical care. Testing can only be done by prior appointment.
If I am positive for COVID-19, what are my options for health care?
It is important to remember that an estimated 80% of patients with COVID-19 do not develop symptoms that require urgent medical care. The Clinic staff will assess your risk of developing a serious infection, including underlying conditions, and can conduct lab tests to monitor if the infection is developing in a more serious way and to identify any complications. For patients with mild symptoms, we advise self-isolation at home for 14 days. The IST Clinic will monitor your progress through regular phone calls and follow-up visits if necessary. For patients with complications or co-infection with another disease (e.g. malaria), we advise care in the IST Clinic’s special facility, including medical observation, providing an IV drip and treatment for co-infections if necessary. We will check the oxygen saturation levels of COVID-19 patients as that is a reliable indicator of the severity of illness. If oxygen saturation levels are too low, the patient will be given oxygen and monitored for improvement. If a patient requires longer than 1-2 days of medical observation and needs a constant oxygen supply, we will need to refer the patient to Aga Khan Hospital or another hospital.
Please note: The IST Clinic has been in close contact with the Ministry of Health over the past weeks to discuss the best possible testing and treatment options for IST Clinic patients, and following a recent inspection visit by Ministry of Health officials we hope to provide more information soon. The worldwide and Tanzanian COVID-19 situation is constantly evolving and, therefore, it is important to check the IST Clinic website and Facebook page for updates on testing and treatment protocols in Tanzania and the IST Clinic
I have a fever. What should I do?
Fever is a symptom of COVID-19, but also of malaria, dengue and other infections. Malaria and dengue are common in the rainy season and require urgent medical care. If you have a fever, it is important to contact the IST Clinic for a correct diagnosis and necessary treatment.
I am unable to come to the IST Clinic. What should I do?
The IST Clinic is offering house visits for those who are unable to visit the Clinic in person. This service includes a lab technician to take blood tests. Contact the Clinic to arrange a house visit. As addresses can be difficult to locate in Dar es Salaam, it would be appreciated if you can send a car with driver to transport Clinic staff to and from your home.
How has the IST Clinic prepared for COVID-19?
The IST Clinic is very well prepared and has put the following measures in place:
- To reduce the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for our patients and staff, suspected COVID-19 patients are being evaluated and treated in a purpose-built facility adjacent to the Clinic. NonCOVID-19 patients can visit the Clinic as usual. Upon arrival at the Clinic, trained volunteers will provide you with instructions on where to go.
- We are offering house visits for those who are unable to visit the Clinic in person.
- All normal IST Clinic services are ongoing, including laboratory and pharmacy services.
- The IST Clinic is following medical guidelines and protocols for COVID-19 from the Tanzania Ministry of Health, which are based on experiences and expertise from China and Europe, and we are constantly updating our medical knowledge to ensure the best care.
- The Clinic has a good supply of oxygen. If a patient is likely to need a constant oxygen supply for several days, the patient will be need to be referred to Aga Khan Hospital for admission.
Where can I find advice on how to self-isolate at home?
Advice on how to self-isolate at home can be found at: https://www.istclinic.com/covid-19-advice-on-self-isolating-at-home/
I have a question about COVID-19. What should I do?
Check the IST Clinic website and Facebook page for updates. You can also contact the IST Clinic by email or phone. A phone consultation with one of the medical doctors can be booked with the reception staff. For a phone consultation, you will be charged a small fee ($20 for members, $30 non-members).
Telephone: 0784-783393 0688-783393 0718-783393 0782-783393
Please download the document below for information about:
- How to contact the IST Clinic if you have COVID-19 symptoms
- Further information about COVID-19
- How to protect yourself and others
HOW TO CONTACT THE CLINIC IF YOU HAVE COVID-19 SYMPTOMS
For COVID-19 related concerns
Telephone: 0784-783393 0688-783393 0718-783393 0782-783393
For non COVID-19 related appointments
Please note that all normal medical services of the IST Clinic, including laboratory and pharmacy services, will continue within the IST Clinic under strict preventive conditions. All COVID-19 services will be in a separate custom-built facility next to the IST Clinic in order to facilitate ongoing safe routine and emergency treatment within the IST Clinic.
Covid-19 has arrived in Tanzania and the IST Clinic staff, in close cooperation with the Tanzanian Ministry of Health and regional and district health authorities , as well as with other Dar es Salaam health care providers are making all the necessary arrangements to distribute up to date information on Covid-19 as well as the consultation and testing services that are available . Please follow these posts on the IST Clinic website. Very soon information will be posted about Covid-19 and the best way to contact the IST Clinic with Covid-19 questions and requests for consultation and testing .
Importantly all Covid-19 suspected persons shall be seen in a separate facility right next the IST Clinic so that routine medical, laboratory, and pharmacy care at the IST Clinic can continue as normal .
It is important to recognize that not all fever is due to Covid-19 and, with the rainy season approaching, that other illnesses such as malaria and dengue fever also need to be considered in case of fever and generalized symptoms.
Ebola has become a recent major health concern in West Africa. Fortunately there has been no spread to east Africa and there are no conformed reports of bola infections in Tanzania. In case of fever or other health symptoms following a recent visit to one of the Ebola affected West African countries please call the clinic in advance and pass on this information so that one of the medical practitioners can assess your risk and advise how to proceed.
The IST Clinic is a primary care clinic in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, which provides high quality health services. These services include general practice consultations, psychotherapy, laboratory services, a pharmacy, minor surgery and first aid care, antenatal and child clinics, ultrasound imaging and short term admission facilities.
The various web pages on this site will provide information on the IST Clinic, its services, opening hours and staff.
The site will also keep you informed of relevant health issues in Tanzania and provide health information for residents and visitors to Tanzania. Important new developments and additions to the services of the IST Clinic will also be posted on this site.
The site contains a membership subscription form of the IST Clinic for new patients wishing to make full use of the services that the IST Clinic has to offer.
Also available on this site is a patient personal data (update) form and we request members of the IST Clinic to register any changes to their address, location of residence, telephone numbers and e-mail addresses. This will assist the IST Clinic in staying up to date on your personal information and can be important during times of emergency as well as for more effective reporting of test results.
Finally there are e-mails addresses to contact the IST Clinic, in case you need further information or if you wish to pass on information and comments to the IST Clinic staff.
For general inquiries and comments : firstname.lastname@example.org For appointments : email@example.com For invoice queries: firstname.lastname@example.org
We hope you will find this site informative and useful and welcome any comments and suggestions you may have.
On behalf of the staff of the IST Clinic,
Ype Smit MD and Belia Klaassen MD