Region Seven residents urged to obey COVID-19 measures

Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton has urged public and private sector entities in Cuyuni-Mazaruni (Region Seven) to adhere to all COVID-19 health measures to further decrease the spread of the disease in the region.

Minister Hamilton made this statement after a walkabout of the Bartica Municipal Market and other businesses in the mining town.

Despite a decrease in positive cases, the Minister was displeased about the many instances he observed of people flouting the masking measure.

“Much more work must be done here in Bartica because I know that many persons for whatever reason, are not paying attention to the masking-up campaigns,” he said.

He visited Bartica’s Police and Fire Stations, the Guyana Gold Board, the Guyana Power and Light and the Bartica Regional Hospital where some breaches of the precautionary measures were observed.

“What was shocking is that public sector entities are as guilty as private sectors in following the COVID-19 protocols and [must] pay attention to the necessary things that need to be done – sanitisation, washing [of hands], and temperature tests,” Minister Hamilton admonished.

The Labour Minister said he believed another wave of public education must be done to ensure Region Seven’s residents follow the safety measures.  He pledged that his Ministry will collaborate with the Ministry of Health and other governmental agencies to carry out the wave. An engagement with his ministerial colleagues will follow today’s walkabout to highlight where action needs to be taken.

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