Region Ten boosting COVID-19 education to prevent spikes

The Region Ten Regional Administration has put measures in place to boost its COVID-19 education campaign to curb transmission of the disease.

Regional Chairman, Mr. Devon Adams said the Region took this step to prevent a spike in cases, after noting that residents had been flouting the precautionary guidelines.

Region Ten Regional Chairman Mr. Deron Adams

“Residents are acting casual as if things are normal. In some cases, there are persons who choose not to wear a facemask, gathering in large groups and even partying. We want to remind persons to be cognisant of the guidelines, as this disease is serious and we just want to ensure our people remain safe,” he told DPI in a recent interview.

The Regional Chairman also said since the country started reopening, there has been an influx of visitors, many of whom were utilising areas that were off limits.  Mr. Adams believes that these incidences led to an increase in the Region’s Covid cases.

Consequently, the administration strengthened its partnership with the police to enforce the measures instituted by the Ministry of Health.

“They have been doing their part. In fact, when we get reports, we make sure to inform them and I believe they have been doing a good job so far. Linden is a special place and I know everyone wants to come here, but we have to be very careful of that,” the Regional Chairman said.

The Region has increased its testing capacity, implemented an awareness and educational programme and it has distributed personal protective equipment (PPE) supplies to several healthcare institutions and residents.

Mr. Adams said the Region has suffered many deaths due to Covid and he hoped the upgraded education exercise will result in more persons observing the safety measures.

“Residents should maintain social distancing, washing their hands and wear their facemasks so that we can remain safe here in the Region… It is all about teamwork to stop this disease in its tracks,” he said. As of December 17, Region Ten recorded 436 cases and five deaths.

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