Isles FM News in association with Hebrides News: Friday 24th April
PROFESSOR BACKS MACNEILS ISLES TEST PLAN
Angus MacNeil MP, campaigning for Covid-19 testing, in the islands, has welcomed comments by Professor Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health, at the University of Edinburgh. Professor Sridhar is backing the idea for a Western Isles, test and trace, pilot plan.
Professor Sridhar, believes It’s is important to increase testing, to move from a situation of quarantining everyone, to quarantining those who are carrying Covid-19, or those who have been exposed to the virus.
The Professor believes testing is essential for large numbers of health workers and front-line essential workers, to identify asymptomatic carriers of the virus.
Commenting Angus MacNeil MP said “We know if we leave lockdown and don’t know where the virus is, it will get the chance to spread causing further lockdown. Testing islanders will enable leaving lockdown, in an informed way, with minimum economic damage. Our first responsibility is to health, but this will help safeguard the island economy at the same time.
Let’s not relax our vigilance urges MSP
Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron, has called on people in the Western Isles, not to relax their vigilance and to maintain social distancing during this weekend.
The MP expressed concerned about members of the public, gathering at some locations and the virus being spread as a result.
Mr Cameron commented “Police Scotland cannot police all locations and they rely on us all playing our part, by strictly observing the social distancing guidelines. We must remember that vulnerable members of our community are relying on us to maintain strict discipline. Their welfare is priority number one.
Leader's Coronavirus Update: Thursday 23rd April
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Leader, Roddie Mackay, has expressed gratitude to residents of the Western Isles, for their continued support and resolve in tackling, the covid-19 pandemic.
Mr Mackay commented “I would like to thank the many individuals out there doing sterling work, whether they be a critical worker or key worker, volunteer, kind neighbour or simply a good friend to talk to.
I further urge members of the community If they know of anyone needing assistance, to inform our Customer Services team on 01851 600 501”.
MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR, NHS WESTERN ISLES
Ian Burgess Chair of NHS Western Isles has expressed his gratitude to all the frontline and key staff, working in the NHS, Care Homes, Third Sector, Emergency Services and all who continue to support Island infrastructure, at this time of COVID-19 crisis.
Mr Burgess said “This is a fast and ever changing challenge as we learn more about the virus. At the NHS we are duty bound to maintain good governance throughout this extended period. I would like to pay tribute to our social care staff, community and volunteer organisations who are keeping us all safe from the virus. I thank the staff of our Care Homes, who are keeping our residents safe from harm.
Library Services Online
Comhairle Nan Eilean Siar Library Services, continue to provide a full and vibrant service online. A new section of the library website, features new resources, and highlights the range of activities and opportunities available digitally. They are all free to library members.
Comhairle Library Service Launches Murder Mystery Play
Murder mystery events, in partnership with Alzheimer Scotland Western Isles, are popular annual events at Stornoway Library.
Due to current restrictions the library announced an opportunity, for aspiring playwrights, to present a script for performance in the library next year.
The competition, for ages 16 upwards, is for a play with 4 or 5 characters. The winning entry will receive a £50 prize and a performance of their play at Stornoway Library in 2021. Entries must be submitted by 31st October. Details for the competition are on www.cne-siar.gov.uk/yourlockdownlibrary.