Archive image of the migrant camp in Borgo Mezzanone, a few kilometres from Foggia, 26 April 2019. ANSA / Franco Cautillo
Archive image of the migrant camp in Borgo Mezzanone, a few kilometres from Foggia, 26 April 2019. ANSA / Franco Cautillo

The Italian Civil Protection Service has build a "COVID camp" in Borgo Mezzanone, Puglia, equipped with housing units to allow for the treatment of COVID-infected migrants who live in the area.

A camp for migrants who become infected with COVID-19 has been set up at the former Centre for Political Asylum Seekers (CARA) in Borgo Mezzanone in the countryside of Foggia (southern Italy).

The center had been closed for two years and is currently occupied by migrants.

According to a statement released by the association of assistance for the needy, Misericordie di Puglia, the facility, which was created by the Civil Protection Service of the Region of Puglia, is equipped with housing units to allow for the treatment of COVID-positive migrants who live in the nearby settlements and in the former center for asylum seekers.

In the event that a patient worsens and needs more specialized treatment, there is the possibility for transfer to specific healthcare facilities.

Family members will also be hosted

At the COVID center there is also a station where the Foggia ASL health department can conduct COVID testing as well as a 118 emergency station.

Management of the new camp, which is already hosting numerous guests, has been entrusted by the regional civil protection service to the Misericordie di Puglia Federation.

The COVID camp housing units can also host eventual family members who will be placed in quarantine as well as new migrant arrivals, if needed, from other camps in the province.

'An essential tool for preventing outbreaks'

Gianfranco Gilardi, president of the Misericordie di Puglia Federation, said the organization is "always alongside those most in need. Alongside those who are often invisible, even in circumstances as dramatic as the pandemic. This COVID camp is an essential tool also for preventing possible outbreaks including outside the the area of the former track and the former CARA in Borgo Mezzanone," Gilardi said in a statement.

 

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