Repatriated Guyanese urged to act responsibly

—In light of breaches in quarantine agreement

DPI, Guyana, Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Chief Medical Officer of the Public Health Ministry, Dr. Shamdeo Persaud on Wednesday reminded repatriated Guyanese of their responsibility to adhere to stipulations they would have agreed to in returning home.

The Ministry of Public Health has disclosed that at least 50 persons who returned to Guyana within the previous weeks have been unreachable or in breach of the quarantine measure which is mandatory.

Dr. Persaud described this behaviour as “irresponsible and selfish” noting that it “puts your life and the lives of other citizens at risk and places undue pressure on our health workers and health system.”

He underscored that the measures they would have signed on to are necessary for theirs and the general population’s protection.

The CMO explained that though they would have tested negative for coronavirus before returning home it does not mean that all is well.

“Remember you are still at risk hence the reason we check on you to ensure that you are not experiencing any signs or symptoms. It is disappointing to learn that when health officials try to follow up, either you are not at home or they are unable to contact you because the information you provided is inaccurate and you are not at the stipulated location.”

Dr. Persuad indicated that the delinquent actions of the few could make consideration for others to return home even more difficult as the airports have not yet been opened to international flights.

“I take this opportunity to remind you that the safety of your fellow Guyanese is dependent on your staying home until your quarantine period is completed and that your adherence to these guidelines makes the return of your fellow nationals possible.”

Below are the names of the persons who the Ministry is seeking after. They are asked to contact the Ministry on telephone numbers 624-9355 or 624-3067.

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