The infection rates for COVID-19 continue to be monitored across Bradford, some places are reopening while others remain under tighter restrictions.
One organisation is doing its bit to help limit the spread of coronavirus by carrying out home testing for coronavirus and debunking fake news for families. BEAP Community Partnership is on the streets making sure families stay safe and get tested if they have symptoms. They have been asked by the racial equality network in Bradford to distribute home testing kits to families across the city. Going door to door with other organisations and a newly appointed Covid Coordinator, they help families understand the risks of the Coronavirus, the importance of getting tested and helping them carry out the tests as well.
The team at BEAP are aware there are has been fake information spread about the coronavirus and are at times taking two hours at large family homes debunking the myths about data collected and how it’s used, meanwhile carrying out tests on the family members correctly, before arranging for the West Yorkshire Fire Service to collect the completed tests on a daily basis.
Humayun Islam Chief executive of BEAP Community Partnership explains the work they are doing to help the community understand the vital messages from the NHS.
“What we have done, is when there has been video’s going out from the NHS, we have translated that into two dialects. There is the Bangla dialect and we have done it in Sylhet as well, where its reached out to the Bangladeshi community. On social media we have sent out information from the NHS to keep people safe. We are also back open to provide that face to face support. We are providing that emotional wellbeing support. The home test kits are sometimes secondary as we are finding when we go out that, many families just want someone to reassure them.”
It is not just the understanding the virus, when asked to self-test with home testing kits Humayun says there is a lot of confusion and wastage
“What we have found is people have come back to centre with a bag and not the whole test kit. We have also found that if there are multiple kits, people have put the wrong labels on the boxes. That is a lot of wastage and its £60 per test kit. That is a lot of money invested in these test kits.”
With no vaccine yet, BEAP are continuing to be on the front-line educating families on the dangers, making sure they stay a safe distance, to keep the infection rate down. Humayun urges authorities to continue to give the home tests to grassroots organisations, because where authorities are saying the BAME community are hard to reach, it could be that the government has been actually hard to reach and there has been no communication.
As so far BEAP and other local organisations have been able to go out and knock on doors and get the tests done.