PONCE – As part of the initiatives to prevent and detect COVID-19 infections, the Administration of Mental Health and Addiction Services (ASSMCA) in conjunction with the Department of Health and the College of Medical Technologists of Puerto Rico (CTMPR) , performed antigen tests on the homeless, it was reported Wednesday.
The tests were conducted at the Cristo Pobre Shelter in Ponce, the only shelter for homeless people in the southern region of Puerto Rico.
“We do this effort primarily with the intention of serving the needs of vulnerable populations in Puerto Rico. Homeless people are mostly deprived of essential services, and in the face of the pandemic we are going through, it is necessary to duplicate the initiatives that help protect the most disadvantaged sectors of the Island, ”asserted ASSMCA administrator, Dr. Carlos Rodríguez Mateo in written communication .
From April 2020 to January 7, 2021, a total of 3,934 tests have been carried out on homeless people, vulnerable populations, older adults, HIV positive and victims of domestic violence.
Rodríguez Mateo added that “in addition to the tests, we delivered protective materials against COVID-19. In this way, we continue to protect and extend a helping hand to those who need our understanding, help and understanding ”.