MOPH looking to house COVID-19 health workers
– Aims to reduce risk of COVID-19 spreading to health workers’ families.
DPI, Guyana, Friday, April 3, 2020.
Primary Healthcare workers who deal with critical COVID-19 patients may soon be provided with temporary housing and transportation solutions by the Public Health Ministry.
According to Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Boyle, this will reduce the likelihood of family members of the nurses, doctors and other attendants contracting the virus.
Health sector employees have faced stigma since the beginning of the outbreak in Guyana. They faced great difficulty accessing public transportation, taxis and while shopping at supermarkets and pharmacies.
As such, the Public Health Ministry will be providing necessary support to these persons.
The Ministry also announced today that it is working assiduously to have the necessary lab equipment available as soon as possible to increase the number of COVID-19 tests being done.
Just recently PAHO/WHO donated 1100 kits to Guyana to help test persons who may have contracted COVID-19. Further, the Ministry is working to ensure that a stock of Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) reaches all Health Facilities.
As of April 3, 2020, there have been 23 confirmed cases of the Novel Coronavirus 2019 which have resulted in 4 deaths.