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No Public Disclosures on Local Hotspots


(Barbados Today) Minister of Health and Wellness Lt Col Jeffrey Bostic is adamant that health authorities will not be publicly disclosing the hot spots for the COVID-19 virus on the island.

Today, Minister Bostic told members of the media at the Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO), Dayrell’s Road, Christ Church office where a donation of equipment was made to aid the country’s response to the pandemic, that announcing the communities where there are clusters could lead to people being stigmatized, as was the case during the HIV/AIDS epidemic.

“We tend not to go that route because we want to preserve some level of confidentiality because at the end of the day if the persons in communities do not have confidence in what we are doing and in the system then they may not be willing to come forward and to participate in the various programmes that we are trying to put out there on their behalf,” he said.

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