BHP funds COVID-19 testing centres for CQ
It’s a move that will ease the strain on local health facilities and increase the separation between suspected cases and the local community.
The company was determined to play its part in the significant collective respons, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) asset president James Palmer said.
“While it is critical for the economy that we continue to safely operate our mines, we understand local concern about the risk of people moving into the region,” Mr Palmer said.
The resources sector continued to step up and protect its workers and the regional communities they worked in, said Mines Minister Dr Anthony Lynham.
“The sector has taken up the challenges of changed worked practices, of social distancing, of extra hygiene and reducing its travelling workforces, while continuing to provide pay packets for Queensland families,” he said.
The $7.6 million in funding to be spent building the testing centres is the largest single investment approved in the country in the first tranche of investments from BHP’s $50 million Vital Resources Fund.
To be managed by Vanguard Health, the centres will enable patients to be tested for COVID19 after presenting with clear symptoms of the virus, or following high-risk interaction.
These centres will offer triage and testing services with a tele-health capability.
The testing centres will offer additional protection to the local community during the pandemic bykeeping people who may be contagious away from other areas of hospitals and health centres, helping to reduce the potential for further spread of COVID19.
The initial investment will enable the centres to operate for a period of six months.
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