Friday 10 July, 2020

Ministry of Health advises minibus drivers in Vieux Fort on COVID-19

Ministry of Health officials at the head table

Ministry of Health officials at the head table

The National Council on Public Transportation (NCOPT) is taking steps to ensure its members are adequately informed on how to avoid being infected with the coronavirus.

Yesterday, Sunday, March 15, 2020, the NCOPT held a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Health as a proactive move towards responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

The session, which was held at the Vieux-Fort Comprehensive Secondary School (Campus B), was interactive with the minibus drivers asking pertinent questions as it relates to the symptoms, its origin, and the precautionary measures needed to be taken to avoid being infected by the coronavirus, which has arrived on our shores.

In an interview with Loop News, Kentry Fredrick, first vice president of NCOPT said: “We want to work with the government through the Ministry of Health to take professional advice in the approach to the coronavirus.”  

Kentry Fredrick

He said the consultation with the minibus drivers is very important because they are especially exposed to the coronavirus.

“The minibus drivers are vulnerable…They come into contact with hundreds of persons on a daily basis,” Fredrick said.

According to him, the NCOPT wants the minibus operators to take persons to and from work in a safe manner and to use the best practices as the Ministry of Health would have advised them.

“What we don’t want at this point in time is discrimination either on the part of the minibus operators or the public because we need each other to work along with,” Fredrick explained.

During the remainder of the week, the consultation with the Ministry of Health will continue in other communities around the island.

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