Construction work on Isolation Centre at Argyle “basically finished”

By Demion McTair Updated 7:24 p.m., Wednesday, 15 April 2020, Atlantic Standard Time (GMT-4)

Kingstown, St. Vincent (ONE NEWS SVG) – Minister of Health, Wellness and the Environment, Senator Luke Browne said Wednesday that the construction on the Isolation Center at Argyle is “basically finished”.

The minister made the disclosure in his daily “Morning Updates” posts on his official Facebook page.

Construction and retrofitting of the center, which was developed from an existing property commenced in mid-March, 2020, about a week after the country recorded its first confirmed coronavirus case.

The National Insurance Services – NIS had pledged EC $750,000.00 to the Isolation Center.

The facility is expected to be able to accommodate a maximum of 24 patients.

Here are some other updates from the health minister from his Morning Updates post on facebook:

1. I attended two important meetings today via videoconference – a meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government that addressed implications and policy issues surrounding COVID-19 in the Caribbean and a PAHO Meeting of Ministers of Health. They were both productive and profitable sessions geared at forging a common path forward.

2. The construction work on the Isolation Centre at Argyle is basically finished. The facility should be officially handed over by Friday after which equipment and supplies would be put in place. The centre will then be opened.

3. The Ministry is working out protocols for the use of rapid tests. The Caribbean Public Health Agency Lab would still be used for diagnosis of new cases. The rapid tests can be used for screening persons coming out of quarantine or in other situations.

4. One public quarantine facility is currently in use and a second one is being prepared. The location of these facilities is not being disclosed to protect privacy.

5. Additional home helpers for the elderly are being hired and deployed to take care of persons in our society who are especially vulnerable to COVID-19.

We will beat this coronavirus pandemic together. Our faith will see us through. This could be our finest hour.

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