Sunday 29 November, 2020

CMO defends erection of security fence at quarantine facility

The security fence on Reduit Beach

The security fence on Reduit Beach

Chief Medical Officer, Dr Sharon Belmar-George has explained the rationale for the erection of a fence along a section of the Reduit Beach which extends into the sea.

According to Dr Belmar-George, the fence was erected as part of security measures at the Rodney Bay Medical Facility which is used as a quarantine facility for COVID-19 suspect patients.

“In an effort to preserve health and safety of the general public and to reduce any possible direct contact between persons in quarantine and the general public, the request was made to strengthen the security measures at that location,” the COVID-19 Czar explained.

Other security measures include the installation of surveillance cameras, in addition to security personnel, however, these measures, according to Dr Belmar have not been as successful as the Ministry of Health would like. 

Images of the structure began making rounds on social media on Sunday, with may questioning its intentions.

“The fence will prevent quarantined individuals from leaving the facility.”

She added that while some measures and protocols may not be convenient, “COVID-19 is here for a while and it brings certain inconveniences at every single level.

Life is not going to be the same. There are certain luxuries that we may not have but we need to keep the focus, preserving lives, keeping our population healthy. So I would really like the public to continue working with us.”

Dr Belmar was a guest at the COVID-19 Command Centre of the National Television Network.

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