Progressive Democratic Patriots (PDP) deputy leader Dr Faith BYisrael is of the view that asymptomatic patients in home isolation in Tobago are not being monitored as stringently as required.
In an interview with the Newsday, she said health workers are under too much strain to properly monitor what is happening and patients could be flouting health protocol undetected.
She said, “Additional human resources need to be identified, employees and/or volunteers, to provide better monitoring of patients in home isolation. These can be used to answer the hotline number, contact- trace, and monitor people in home quarantine and isolation.”
“This is given that we simply don’t have space to continually house large volumes of people who are asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic, but the monitoring needs to be beefed up.”
She believes sample collection for covid19 testing should be mobile and advised the Tobago Division of Health and Wellness, to provide each home with one oximeter, so that patients can check their blood oxygen level.