Press conference re: COVID-19 and national cleanup updates – April 16, 2021. (PMO)

Government polyclinics and medical facilities were open for business today, following the recent eruption of the La Soufriere Volcano, which dumped ash on the island, triggering a massive clean-up exercise.

Minister of Health and Wellness, Lieutenant Colonel Jeffrey Bostic, said the cleanup was done on Thursday, and most places were able to open on time.

“We had a few hiccups, dust related, but the staff persevered and I would like to really salute all categories of staff at our institutions for coming out to work and for trying desperately to ensure the continuation of the delivery of medical services in this country,” Lt. Bostic said, during today’s press conference.

He pointed out though that the Ladymeade Reference Unit was greatly affected by the dust and only emergency services were offered today.  

He disclosed that there would be industrial cleaning at the unit tomorrow. The Minister apologised to the LRU’s clients who were unable to obtain normal services.

sharon.austingill-moore@barbados.gov.bb

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