The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) says the government must expand Saint Lucia’s COVID-19 isolation care facility.
“There are far too many unsavoury stories emanating from the walls of Victoria,” the party observed.
According to the SLP, this Isolation Facility has long been overwhelmed.
It made the remarks on its official Facebook page on Sunday.
The SLP declared that people who cannot isolate safely at home have had to be turned away.
” Alternatively, or additionally, persons who isolate at home should be electronically tagged to monitor their whereabouts,” the SLP stated.
The opposition party also expressed the view that the authorities should establish an isolation facility in the South.
“The East Wing of St. Jude Hospital should be completed for that purpose,” the party noted.
In addition, the SLP pointed to the need for Saint Lucia to expand its testing capacity immediately.
“The goal should be to meet the capacity to cover local and inbound and outbound travel testing requirements,” it asserted.
The SLP said the Forensic Laboratory, which has the technical capacity to do testing should be brought on stream with the necessary medical oversight.
Additionally, private laboratories should be licensed to perform molecular tests as well, it explained.
“Testing must go hand in hand with tracing. We cannot trace if we cannot test and vice versa,” the SLP declared.
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