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Tuesday, 24th March 2020

Covid-19 test centre needed in Drogheda - Munster

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Deputy Imelda Munster.

Sinn Féin TD Imelda Munster has called on the HSE to establish a COVID-19 testing centre in Drogheda to deal with the current backlog in testing for the virus.

Deputy Munster said: "There is currently a backlog of 40,000 people awaiting tests, and as a result of this, people are waiting many days for tests and many days for results.

“This is understandable given the enormity of the challenge facing the HSE at this time, however a week or so is a long time for those who are awaiting results.

"It is an anxious time for those who are displaying symptoms and are worried about their health, particularly those who are in at-risk groups.

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"It's time that Drogheda was considered as a location for a testing centre to deal with the population in the town.

“There are numerous facilities in Drogheda that would be suitable as testing sites and it is my understanding that a number of organisations have offered their facilities.

"I understand that a testing centre is operating in Dundalk, with the possibility of a second one there, and there is work ongoing to provide another in Termonfeckin for the South Louth area, and these measures are welcome.

“Given the large population in Drogheda and the expected escalation in the number of people requiring testing, it is high time to locate a test centre here.

"I have written to the HSE asking for this and given the urgency of this issue I expect to receive an update from them in the very near future."

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