Region 2 to open COVID $ 12M isolation facility – Guyana Times
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District Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) Regional Health Officer Dr Ranjeev Singh has said construction will soon be completed on a $ 12 million COVID-19 facility at Suddie Public Hospital to boost treatment at the isolation facilities in Lima Sands and Mainstay. In an interview with the Department of Public Information on Monday, Dr Singh said the 20-room facility would house two people per room. It would allow more positive cases to be restricted, further reducing the risk of transfer, enabling the hospital to resume its normal functions. Dr Singh said the region continues to record low COVID positive cases due to the stringent measures in place to reduce transmission. In line with this goal, it has increased its testing capacity by using a mobile unit targeting students, residents and miners, especially those traveling from problem communities such as Mainstay, Kabakaburi and Capoey. “Our testing capacity has increased significantly on a weekly basis. Sometimes we carry out 200 tests in the region and because of this, it is fair to say that our cases may increase as well. Most of these cases are disproportionate and would not require hospitalization, ”he said. In such cases, the region sends a technical team to monitor the progress of asymptomatic patients and their families to prevent the spread of the disease. It also maintains contact tracking when a positive case is reported. Meanwhile, Dr Singh said the region is continuing to appeal to people who violate the gazetted COVID-19 measures issued by the Ministry of Health to refrain from this practice. “Offenders … we appeal to them to make sure whenever they are in public that they wear a mask and clean up. It is very important to note that those who do not have to go out should not. Before the Christmas season, our executive cases were actually down, however, it rose as expected. ” The RHO reminded residents that it is each resident’s responsibility to protect themselves.