Not one British Columbian would agree with Health Minister Adrian Dix that rapid testing isn’t worth the effort, if it meant the possibility of saving a loved one

Not one British Columbian would agree with Health Minister Adrian Dix that rapid testing isn’t worth the effort, if it meant the possibility of saving a loved one

Conservative leader Trevor Bolin is asking why over one million rapid-test kits, available to detect the presence of COVID-19, remain packed away in boxes gathering dust

 

Recently announced shortages of the Pfizer vaccine - and the fact that according to the BC Centre for Disease Control two-thirds of COVID deaths in BC are happening in Long-Term-Care – have BC Conservatives once again questioning why multiple calls to implement rapid testing are being ignored.

According to BC Health Minister Adrian Dix, rapid testing takes a "considerable’ investment of time, and the tests are not the ‘gold standard’.

Gold standard or not, Conservative leader Trevor Bolin is asking why over one million rapid-test kits, available to detect the presence of COVID-19, remain packed away in boxes gathering dust instead of doing the job they were intended for.

Today, from his home in Ft. St. John, the Conservative leader noted, “According to the January 13th Ministry of Health report, well over 300 seniors in residence at Long Term Care, Assisted Living, and Independent Living have died since early November. Our seniors are dying at a horrible rate from the consequences of COVID-19.”

“If a 15-minute test could possibly have prevented the death of a loved one, there is not one British Columbians who would agree with Health Minister Dix’s assertion that rapid testing wasn’t worth the investment of time; ‘gold standard’ or not!

Premier Horgan, we call on you to have Health Minister Adrian Dix immediately implement rapid-testing in our senior care facilities – do it now,” Bolin concluded.

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  • Trevor Bolin
    published this page in NEWS 2021-01-20 13:50:18 -0800