Public must comply with safety measures to reduce Covid transmission

– Dr. Anthony

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr Frank Anthony is encouraging the public to comply with instructions given by medical teams, village and community leaders as they implement measures to reduce transmission of COVID-19.

The Minister made this appeal during his COVID-19 update on Wednesday.  Minister Anthony said despite Covid spikes in some areas, persons continue to resist precautionary measures, jeopardising the public’s health.

Meanwhile, monitoring is ongoing in Waramadong, Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) as the village has 47 active cases. 

Minister of Health, Hon. Dr. Frank Anthony

“So far, everybody we identified in that area has had a very mild form of the disease and we didn’t have anyone who needed hospitalisation or anything of the sort. So basically, it’s just to isolate them, monitor them, but if persons require additional medical attention, they would have to be sent out,” Dr. Anthony said.

Waramadong’s community centre is being used as an isolation facility along with one of the four dormitories of the Waramadong Secondary School, which is being utilised as an isolation centre for Covid positive students.

Minister Anthony said medical teams in the area have been working along with this and other communities in the Upper Mazaruni to curb transmission of the disease. While some communities have been resistant to the engagement, others have been very cooperative. Talks with the villages are ongoing.

“We hope that the village leaders and so forth would reconsider because we are doing this to ensure the safety of the residents there. We need to determine is there are active cases in the communities and if there are, we have to get them to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the disease,” the Health Minister said. As part of their efforts to combat the disease in the Region, the teams have conducted sensitisation exercises where they educated residents on the signs and symptoms of COVID-19 and the safety measures to keep safe.

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