Health and Wellness Minister, Mary Isaac, has responded to a viral video in which an individual who describes him self as a COVID-19 patient, draws attention to poor quarantine conditions at Victoria Hospital.
“I feel as though I am in a crack den,” the man complains, as he draws attention to ‘health hazards’ in the area where he was staying.
He discloses that he has been put in an area called the dining room at the old Maternity Wing at Victoria Hospital.
The recording shows a pool of water on the floor at the entrance.
“This is a health hazard – anybody can slip and fall at nights if the light is turned off,” the individual says.
He complains of water on the floor and a ceiling from which it appears that water is leaking
“I think I would rather quarantine at home,” the man declares as the recording shows other areas including what was derogatorily referred to as ‘my beautiful counter.’
Health Minister Senator Mary Isaac told reporters that she has seen the recording.
She said the individual has been relocated to another ward which is ‘a little bit better’.
“That was one individual and we all know that there are renovations taking place at the hospital,” Isaac stated.
“We have had to speed up the renovations because now we have the spike in COVID,” the minister explained.
“Unfortunately – it’s not anybody’s fault that we have to deal with that issue,” Isaac declared.
According to the minister, until the renovations are complete, it is expected that individuals will have to put up with conditions that are not necessarily up to standard.
Asked about a time frame for the completion of the renovations at the medical facility, Isaac said it depends on a number of factors including the weather and materials.
“I really cannot tell at the moment,” the minister told reporters.
Headline photo caption: Screen grab from video