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Petition against quarantine facilities in Henties Bay

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The Henties Bay community can be considered a very vulnerable community in the light of the Covid-19 crisis for the following reasons:

  • The community is mainly low-income and/or elderly and therefore subjected to malnutrition and underlying health problems which lowers their immunity to the disease. In fact, the majority of the town’s residents fall within these high-risk populations
  • The health care facilities in the town is very basic to non-existent, both in public and private sector and related to facilities and health care professionals. This means that the community would not be able to handle an outbreak of Covid-19 in the town, among all sectors of the population.
  • The medical personal monitoring the Positive cases, should be living on site with the cases and not in town next to our Old age home,
  • Food and supplies should be delivered to the quarantine buildings outside of town and no one from these facilities should be allowed to be roaming in town.
  • No visitors to and from the facilities to be allowed.

We therefore strongly urge the authorities to reconsider such a decision, which would endanger an already vulnerable community.

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