Tuesday, October 20, 2020

PLP Questions the COVID-19 Self-Quarantine Protocols

PLP Shadow Minister of Health said the COVID-19 mortality rate is troubling and wants protocols redressed

Opposition Senator Michael Darville is calling on the Ministry of Health to reexamine its self-quarantine protocols for persons it suspect to be inflicted with the coronavirus.

His comments come after a press conference by the ministry on Wednesday revealed that the number of COVID-19 cases are expected to increase, even causing death among the afflicted.

“It is certainly troubling that we have not gotten ahead of this deadly virus even after more than two weeks of curfews, lock-downs and public health education. These trends indicate that we must revisit the current protocols for self-quarantine of those exposed and apply stricter measures for those who test positive and are currently in home isolation,” Darville said.

Darville said the Ministry of Health Task Force seems to be struggling to slow the growth of new cases and the country is still in the exponential phase of this global pandemic with asymptomatic carriers in public places spreading the contagious respiratory virus.

“This highlights the need to develop more innovative ways to stop the spread by asymptomatic carriers through improvements in our methods of contact tracing.

The current trends and high mortality rate clearly demonstrate the need for more random testing in hot spots in New Providence and Grand Bahama,” he said. The senator said more random testings conducted will give medical professionals a “more accurate picture of positive COVID-19 cases and thereby more accurately determine our COVID-19 mortality rate.” He said his party stands ready to assist the government and the Ministry of Health in reducing the transmission of COVID-19 in The Bahamas.

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