Monday 21 September, 2020

Barbados health minister self-quarantined but still on the job

(FILE) Barbados' Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic.

(FILE) Barbados' Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic.

Barbados' Minister of Health and Wellness, Jeffrey Bostic, remains at the helm, despite being in quarantine. 

The minister, on the advice of Chief Medical Officer, Dr Kenneth George, has quarantined himself after attending the arrival ceremony of 95 Ghanaian nurses at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA). Nine of the nurses tested positive for COVID-19, and the minister as well as media personnel were ordered to "separate themselves from their workplaces" and await testing. 

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Bostic was speaking during a virtual news conference over the weekend when he stated that he would remain on top of his ministerial duties while physically distancing at home. 

"I speak to you on this occasion from my home because you would have been informed of the decision of the chief medical officer to recommend self-monitoring for some of us who would have come into contact, no matter how minor, with persons testing how positive for the coronavirus late last week.

"I may be physically away from the office and the many centres involved in the management and co-ordination of our response to the COVID-19 pandemic, but nevertheless, I remain fully in touch and in control of the process," the minister remarked. 

As he updated the public on the most recent COVID-19 cases, Bostic pleaded with locals to abide by the stipulated COVID-19 protocols and not to be complacent.  

"I implore all Barbadians not to let our guards down. The well tested and proven washing of hands, social distancing and the wearing of protective masks are vital to our continued success in this battle. Do not take anything for granted. Do not assume that all cases should be of those persons arriving in the country.

"As a nation, we have to be on alert and we have to be mindful of the fact that at some point we could have a difficult trace case popping up. I urge all Barbadians and residents to continue to practise all protocols set forth by relevant authorities," he further stated.

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