New medical centre in Ħal Far to contain COVID-19 amongst migrants

Isolation Centre

The Malta Red Cross and the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement have launched the second initiative to fight the spread of COVID-19 in the Hal Far migrant community. Following the setting up of a clinic adjacent to the migrants centre, Malta Red Cross will be collaborating with the health authorities in the operation of a new isolation centre in Hal Far. The newly-refurbished building will be used to give adequate care to patients and other individuals who are required to stay in isolation.

Posted by Malta Red Cross on Wednesday, April 15, 2020

A new medical centre in Ħal Far will open its doors, as part of the contingency measures being taken to contain the outbreak of COVID-19, the Ministry for Home Affairs, National Security and Law Enforcement announced.

The building is located near the open centre, whose residents have been asked to observe a mandatory quarantine period.

The Ministry said that works on the renovation of this building had started before the first positive case in the Ħal Far open centre was confirmed and that it decided to use this building to provide adequate healthcare to residents of the open centre and to accommodate residents who are expected to stay in isolation.

It was also explained that the Agency for the Welfare of Asylum Seekers (AWAS) will be managing this location in collaboration with doctors, nurses and members of the Malta Red Cross Society and the health authorities.

This is the second initiative undertaken by the Malta Red Cross Society after it opened a new clinic close to the Ħal Far open centre a few weeks ago.

The new centre will accommodate around 150 people from the Ħal Far open centre and everyone residing there will be required to observe a period of mandatory quarantine.

The Home Affairs Ministry said that this initiative follows another one of its kind since, at the beginning of March, 50 residents were transferred to another centre in Ħal Far in order to decrease the number of people living together in the Ħal Far open centre by 20%.

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