Reg. 7 RHO calls out nonchalant behaviour aboutCOVID-19

Calls for more responsible behaviour by Barticans

—COVID-19 situation escalating in region

DPI, Guyana, Monday, August 3, 2020

Regional Health Officer, Region Seven, Dr. Edward Sagala on Monday issued a statement highlighting the current COVID-19 situation in Region Seven. 

He specifically pointed out that while health officials are grappling to control the spread of the virus, many persons insist on proceeding with their lives as usual.

“Despite the advisories on the grave situation we face with COVID-19, Barticians continue to be casual and unconcerned,” Dr. Sagala said,

He reminded that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic demands a lifestyle change which will reduce disease spread and minimise the risk of persons becoming infected. 

As of Monday, August 3, 2020, confirmed cases in the Region 7 stood at 96, with two deaths. 

“The mere fact that positive cases are close to 100 (and counting) and yet our people are unbothered is mind-boggling,” the RHO stated.

He reported that new positive COVID-19 cases have been recorded in Batavia, Falmouth and Big Hope while the existing situation in Arrau, Oku, Arangoy, Devil’s Hole and Bartica is worsening by the day. 

Dr. Sagala disclosed that recently, 15 samples were taken in Batavia and ten of those tests returned positive. He underscored that this is cause for concern.

The region’s health department is actively working to conduct screening, testing and sensitisation to various communities. A health team will be travelling to riverine areas in the region to extend this exercise.

Meanwhile, residents are reminded to observe advisories issued by the Ministry of Public Health to protect themselves from exposure to COVID-19.

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