Concerns over virus facility highlighted

CONCERNS of expats staying in a Covid-19 facility have been highlighted during a key meeting.

The fully-equipped medical facility in Sitra was first set up as a quarantine centre in March as part of preparations to receive Bahrainis arriving from abroad.

However, the facility with more than 3,000 beds was later used as a treatment centre to accommodate expat workers infected with the coronavirus.

A number of issues were highlighted during a meeting with Labour and Social Development Ministry labour affairs assistant under-secretary Ahmed Al Hayki by Indian Community Relief Fund (ICRF) chairman Aruldas Thomas and adviser Bhagwan Asarpota.

“Among the points we highlighted were complaints we received from occupants at the Sitra facility,” said Mr Thomas.

“Another issue was that of poor hygiene among the occupants, especially the toilets, but we learn that in the last few days more portable toilets have been set up.

“We also discussed the food distribution project of the ICRF and Mr Al Hayki appreciated the efforts and urged to continue, as we need collective efforts to tackle the situation.”

The ICRF has so far distributed nearly 1,000 kits to nearly 5,000 members of the Indian community, with each kit being sufficient for approximately two weeks.




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