Health representatives conducted a second outreach activity in Victoria today to observe compliance to public health measures by retailers to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The Risk Communication and Communication Engagement (RCCE) committee members, wearing their bright yellow T-Shirts adorning health messages, took to the streets picking up from last week’s community engagement.
This time the teams visited Maison Ste Claire, Abhaye Complex, Kanna Mall, Premiere Building, Camion Hall and Quadrant and shops along Francis Rachel Street, Revolution Avenue, Quicy Street and Church Street.
“Dividing the activity into two parts has allowed us to cover a variety of shops,” Mrs. Nancy Ng Ping Cheun, the Principal Information and Communications Officer and RCCE Lead of the Ministry of Health said. “Both retailers and the public had a chance to interact with us on a personal level while providing us with an opportunity to remind different members of the community why the public health measures are important and the best ways to implement them,” she added.
With Christmas and New Year just a couple of days away, it is expected that large crowds of people will continue to gather in town for shopping and errands. The general observation is that people are gradually abiding to the public health measures, although in some instances there is a bit of reluctance, especially when it comes to wearing facemasks.
“It is good to gain the opinion of the public on the measures in place, which in turn will guide our continuous education strategies,” Mrs. Lyn Vidot, Senior Health Promotion Officer at the Ministry of Health said.
Today’s activity also had the participation of the Infection Prevention and Control Unit and students of the National Institute of Health and Social Studies (NIHSS).
Under new guidelines issued by the Public Health Authority, no COVID-19 screening tests is needed for persons placed under home quarantine during or upon completion of the quarantine period. Testing may be recommended for persons who develop symptoms of the infection. All persons placed under home quarantine who develop symptoms are advised to visit the special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre. The home quarantine period should be completed for 14 days, from arrival in Seychelles or last contact with a positive case of COVID-19. A certificate of quarantine will be presented at the end of the quarantine period.
Anyone with symptoms related to Covid-19 are asked to report to special stations at Glacis Health Centre, Baie Lazare Health Centre and Mont Fleuri Health Centre between 8am-12pm and 1pm-2pm. People who use these health centres for regular consultations, should go to their regional centres.