AMA (NSW) and PHNs call on Sydneysiders to get this lockdown right
- On July 9, 2021
AMA (NSW) and Primary Health Networks have joined together to call on Greater Sydney residents to trust the health advice and take the lockdown restrictions seriously.
“We need to get the lockdown right and stop acting like it’s ‘lockdown-lite',” said AMA (NSW) President, Dr Danielle McMullen.
“The Delta-variant is COVID on caffeine – it’s more contagious and it’s potentially very severe. All of Greater Sydney needs to be vigilant.
“It has quickly moved from Bondi and now we’re seeing areas of concern in Western Sydney – but Killara, Katoomba, or Kogarah could be next.
“We need to support each other – no matter where you live – and ensure we’re doing everything we can to protect ourselves and protect our communities,” Dr McMullen said.
South Western Sydney Primary Health Network is reminding its residents to listen to local healthcare leaders and follow the health advice.
“Please take the health advice from public health officials seriously. Doctors have your health and best interests at heart,” said Keith McDonald, chief executive of South Western Sydney PHN.
“Limit your interactions to your immediate household and please consider carefully what is an essential activity, and what isn’t,” he added.
Chief executive of WentWest, Ray Messom, called on Sydneysiders to work together to minimise the effects of the Delta strain.
“We can do this. Remember to wear a mask, check-in at locations, and if you have any symptoms at all – get tested,” Mr Messom said.
“Don’t put your friends, family or loved ones at risk. The Delta strain works quickly and can severely impact people of all ages,” Mr Messom added.
Former AMA (NSW) President and Mt Druitt general practitioner, Dr Kean-Seng Lim, is also asking his patients to treat the health advice from NSW the same way they would treat advice given in a consultation room.
“Health professionals are not here to judge, we’re here to help and keep you safe. We are asking Sydneysiders to follow these rules because we know these actions will help us beat the virus.”
Prof Brad Frankum, a Narellan immunologist and former AMA (NSW) President, highlighted the severe impact this particular strain can have on people of all ages.
“There are currently 10 patients admitted to hospital under age 35 with COVID-19. This is serious. Regardless of whether you are over-65 or in your 20s, the effects of this disease can be devastating,” he said.
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