Efforts being made to safeguard Travellers in Cork against Covid-19

Efforts being made to safeguard Travellers in Cork against Covid-19
Medical technicians handle a vial containing a nasal swab at a drive-thru testing site. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

SEVERAL Travellers across Cork city and county are currently waiting for tests or test results as efforts are made to provide extra sanitary measures at Traveller accommodation.

Portaloos are being located at Traveller accommodation in Cork city and caravans are being plumbed up to help Travellers in the current public health crisis.

Two meetings a week have been held in recent weeks by the Local Traveller Accommodation Consultative Committee with Cork City Council and the social inclusion unit of the Health Service Executive (south).

Traveller Health Coordinator with the Traveller Visibility Group, Caroline Vasseur, said that a number of actions have already been done by Cork City Council since a meeting last Monday.

She said she is aware of four cases from her own work of people who are either awaiting testing or results, and she said colleagues have dealt with several other people in the same situation.

She said however that the HSE social inclusion unit and Cork City Council are working to help improve sanitary conditions in sites across Cork city.

She said three portaloos have been delivered to Hazelwood Grove group housing scheme on Kinsale Road and seven to St Anthony's Park in Knocknaheeny. The halting site on Carrigrohane Straight Road will also get portaloos.

And she said two mobile homes are to be delivered to Meelagh housing group in Mahon, along with extra skips.

She said ''as many mobiles as possible'' will be plumbed inSpring Lane halting site, while portaloos will be delivered for the homes that cannot be connected.

Action is also to be taken at Nash's Boreen halting site, which is unauthorised.

Cork City Council have sourced a welfare pod for the site and are now liaising with the HSE in relation to delivering it to the site.

And she said the possibility of electricity provision for the site will also be pursued.

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