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Adequate Covid19 testing must be available – Gildernew

8 September, 2020 - by Colm Gildernew

Sinn Féin MLA Colm Gildernew has called on Health Minister Robin Swann to ensure that people can access COVID-19 testing and that adequate amounts of home testing kits are made available amid growing concerns over a chronic lack of testing kits. 

The party’s Health Spokesperson said:

“There is a rising concern over the chronic lack of home testing kits available to people in the north.

“There have been numerous reports of people unable to travel to a testing facility after being told there were no more home testing kits available.

“We also have the bizarre situation where people are now being told they have to travel to Scotland to access testing. 

“Given the sharp rise in cases, this is deeply concerning. Testing capacity needs to be ramped up rather than delayed.

“We have been saying for weeks that the Health Minister needs to ensure a system that delivers speedy and easy access to kits for all, and in particular vulnerable citizens. 

“He must also ensure that adequate volumes of home testing kits are available to tackle the virus and realise the extent of the spread. This cannot be left to a lottery.”

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