August 3, 2021

Calls for ‘urgent plan’ to tackle Covid-19 in Wicklow’s direct provision centres

A local TD has called for an urgent action plan to be put in place to stop the spread of Covid-19 amongst Wicklow’s direct provision centres after reports emerged in recent days of confirmed cases of the disease there.

Fianna Fáil Health spokesperson Stephen Donnelly  has said that there have been at least three confirmed cases but all have recovered after going into isolation.

“We need urgent support to be given to the centres so they are supplied with not only adequate supplies of PPE but also training and places where they can properly isolate,” Deputy Donnelly said.

“We need to see the Government immediately looking at facilities they can use off-site where residents can be isolated.

“And we need to see experts in public health being called in to offer their advice on best practice for the centres.

Across Wicklow an estimated 170 people live in direct provision centres which are highly vulnerable to breaks outs of the highly contagious disease.

“This is not an issue that can be left or forgotten about because unless there is a prompt and effective response the result will be disastrous for the residents,” he added.

“And I would like to make it clear the health care workers and staff at the centres need to be adequately supplied with PPE to make their working environment as safe as possible.

“We have already seen what has happened in nursing homes when the Government failed to respond quickly enough.

“It is absolutely vital the same mistakes are not repeated in Wicklow’s direct provision centres.”



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