Support of targeted interventions needed to mitigate COVID-19 spread – DCMO

DPI, Guyana, Friday, July 17, 2020

The Ministry of Public Health has noted that support and compliance by residents in the various administrative regions are needed for targeted interventions to be effective in the fight to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Commending the efforts by the regions, Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Karen Gordon-Boyle on Thursday, singled out the Region Seven which has recorded several accomplishments in the fight against COVID-19

“The Isolation Centre will be ready to house 10 persons, 107 LLINs have been distributed to miners, the number of tests done so far is 273, 96  with samples prepared and ready for transport to the Lab; pending results of 77 samples, 8 positive cases sent to Bartica, Morale of team members remains high and conducive to the realisation of Mission objective.” Dr. Boyle explained.

Dr. Gordon-Boyle reiterated the appeal for persons in this region as well as the country at large to respond positively to the call to stay safe and contain the COVID-spread.

“We cannot allow the exponential increase in cases to continue and overwhelm our health workers.” She said, adding, “I am therefore relying on all, residents, Toshaos, whistleblowers, to respond positively and help us to reach those contacts that may be experiencing any COVID-related signs or symptoms or may have been in proximity with a COVID case.”

The DCMO reminded that restricted movement in and out of the regions, especially Regions One, Seven and Nine can lower the chances of imported cases being recorded.

Dr. Gordon-Boyle urged residents to remain vigilant concerning undocumented migrants from Brazil and Venezuela who may not have been quarantined as the COVID-19 pandemic in these bordering countries is still rampant.

As of July 15, the three regions with the most cases were Region Four with 119 cases, Region One with 95 cases and Region Seven with 48 cases. The other regions, combined account for 52 of the confirmed cases.

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