Yesterday, the Government published Legal Notice 111 of 2020, the ‘Protection of Vulnerable Persons Order, 2020’.
By means of this legal notice, the Superintendent of Public Health, ordered those categories of persons subsequently listed as ‘vulnerable persons’, are to remain segregated in their residence.
(a) persons of sixty-five (65) years of age or over
(b) pregnant women;
(c) persons suffering from the following chronic illnesses and, or medical conditions:
(i) insulin dependent diabetics;
(ii) patients who are immunosuppressed;
(iii) patients undergoing any immunosuppressive treatment including but not limited to the use of biological agents and immunomodulators;
(iv) patients suffering from cancer who are undergoing chemotherapy;
(v) patients suffering, or who have suffered, from cancer having undergone chemotherapy at any time within the last six (6) months preceding the entry into force of this order;
(vi) patients on dialysis;
(vii) patients who are to be admitted to hospital with respiratory problem exacerbations;
(viii) patients who, at any time within the last year preceding the entry into force of this order, have been admitted to hospital with respiratory problem exacerbations;
(ix) patients suffering from cardiac disease who are to undergo a cardiac intervention or a cardiac surgical procedure;
(x) patients suffering, or who have suffered, from cardiac disease having undergone a cardiac intervention or a cardiac surgical procedure at any time during the last six (6) months preceding the entry into force of this order;
(xi) patients attending a heart failure clinic; and
(xii) patients on oral steroids.
It is further stated in this law that any person who occupies a public office, is a Member of Parliament, employed in the health services sector or is a healthcare professional, and, or, who occupies an essential headship position, shall be exempt from this measure unless that person chooses otherwise.
Furthermore, vulnerable persons hit by this law may leave their residence to attend medical appointments, obtain medical care or treatment, acquire food, medicine, other daily necessities, or to attend to any other essential or urgent personal matter, so long as the period outdoors is limited to the least time possible, and that at all times social distancing is exercised.
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