Sinn Féin Health spokesperson Councillor Sandra Duffy has welcomed the news that a COVID testing unit will be operational from today at the Templemore Sports Complex in Derry.
In September Councillor Duffy called for Covid Test units to be installed across the city following fears over clusters and to help deal with people showing signs in outlying areas.
Councillor Duffy said “Over the past couple of weeks I have been dealing with a number of issues around constituents being able to access COVID testing. Some have been asked to go as far away as Coleraine, which may be ok if you have a car or that you are fit enough to travel or can afford public transport. Many people, particularly older members of the community, find it a daunting task trying to use the internet to book a test or request a home testing kit.
“I called on the Public Health Agency to request that they immediately locate a mobile testing unit in Derry City .So I welcome the news that from today a Covid testing unit will be located at the Templemore sports complex.
“If we are to ensure an effective test, trace and isolate system to maximise the safety of the public then we must ensure that testing is easily accessible to all.
“Sinn Féin will continue to do all that we can to ensure that all possible measures are implemented to protect the health and wellbeing of the community in Derry and to minimise the spread of COVID-19.