Stuart Anderson MP has praised the work being carried out by Covid-19 testing centres in Wolverhampton. This includes the Jamia Masjid Mosque and the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara on Sedgley Street.
Stuart made the intervention as part of the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s update to the House of Commons on the situation regarding Covid-19. It took place on Wednesday, the 6th of January 2021.
As part of his intervention, Stuart asked Matt Hancock, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, to join him in thanking the residents of Wolverhampton for the community testing that has been carried out which has seen constituents come together in an attempt to defeat the virus.
Stuart Anderson MP and members of his team have been volunteering at the testing sites, including Jamia Masjid Bilal Mosque in Whitmore Reans. The sites have been carrying out rapid lateral flow testing. The testing carried out at these sites have helped to identify people who may have the virus but do not have symptoms and would not have otherwise been coming forward for a test.
Stuart Anderson MP said: “we are seeing the communities coming together to provide lateral flow testing to find Covid-19. I want to thank everyone in the community that has been helping during these difficult times. We can defeat Covid-19 together. If you are asymptomatic, please get tested.”
Wolverhampton has the eighth highest testing rate in the country. 13,8000 tests were carried out in the last week.
Stuart Anderson MP: “I thank the Secretary of State for everything he's done for this, and would he also join me in thanking the residents of Wolverhampton for the community testing that they've done, especially Bilal Mosque and Sedgley Street Gurdwara where they've all come together to defeat this virus.”
Matt Hancock: “Yes, I will, I will Madam Deputy speaker. I'm very glad that I took that final intervention, because the people of Wolverhampton have come together to deliver community testing in an incredibly impressive way and I've heard about the work of the Gurdwara bringing together faith leaders of all different faiths. To make sure that we get testing out into the community and we need to do the same with the vaccine program as well as testing. Both of these are absolutely critical. In the meantime Madam Deputy speaker, we must stay at home protect the NHS and save lives, and that eventually will carry us to a brighter future.”