Low Covid test rates in western Sydney due to the inability to communicate messages to migrant communities

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Community leaders say that the NSW government is obligated to translate health knowledge into various languages as the Berala cluster grows to 18.
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Health officials have expressed concern for days that not enough people, particularly from Berala and surrounding suburbs, where a coronavirus cluster linked to a BWS bottle store has reached 18 cases, are being tested. “On Tuesday, NSW Health Minister Brad Hazzard placed the responsibility on multicultural community leaders to ensure that the message came through, but local councilor Kun Huang criticized authorities for not soon enough translating the information into different languages. Coronavirus Australia Live News: NSW reports five new cases of covid, Victoria records threeContinue reading “I believe they are mostly left in the dark. Only available in English are the documents given to patients after they take the exam, explaining how to self-isolate and get their results. Cumberland Mayor Steve Christou said the council is planning a mailbox drop in five languages to spread NSW Health’s message: “We are taking our own initiatives to spread the word, get tested, and the test sites themselves. We will give our communities comprehensive briefings, brochures, and social media updates. “The message needs to be spread far and wide, and in every language.

These days, that seems to be the rule.

That is a challenge. More than 26,000 tests were carried out on Monday, up from 22,000 the day before, but still below the target of 30,000 to 50,000 per day. Coronavirus Victoria: Experts warn against accusing the spread of misinformation by migrant communitiesContinue readingOn Tuesday, Hazzard said health messages are spread in different languages through local community radio stations and social media, and called on In response to concerns that people without cars will find it difficult to take a test, an additional testing clinic will open shortly – raising the total number of testing sites in the area to 27. Some in the local community told me and other public health officials that if you didn’t have a vehicle or did not take public transport, it was difficult for them. We responded to that,” Hazzard said. Huang said many migrants do not get their news from the mainstream, relying instead on local newspapers, radio stations or international news outlets. “Right now, on his website and through the news, the government is only trying to distribute information,” he said. “I just feel they don’t understand the culture and don’t know how to source information.

Most of the data that reaches the populations comes from secondary outlets, from independent media, not from the government directly. He said that only in English was the information published on the BWS in Berala, the center of the outbreak. With these blind spots in communication, the danger was that misinformation would fill the void, which Huang said was an ongoing problem during the pandemic. “He said that the information posted on the BWS in Berala, the center of the outbreak, was only in English.The risk with these blind spots in communication was that misinformation would fill the gap, which Huang said was an ongoing problem during the pandemic. ” There was a lot of misinformation about restrictions and what you can and can not do last year,” he said. “Neither NSW Health nor the Local Health District of Western Sydney responded to requests for comment. Covid Ho, Covid Ho

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