Local GP offers vulnerable patients free face masks

By Anna McGuinness

ECHUCA Moama Family Medical Practice is offering free face masks to its vulnerable patients in the community.

The Department of Health and Human Services is distributing more than two million reusable face masks to agencies that deliver services and support vulnerable Victorians to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Two masks are available to people who are determined to be a vulnerable Victorian.

This includes people who have chronic and complex conditions that increase their risk of infection, indigenous people, people living in high-density housing arrangements, and people living with disability or mental illness.

Carers of vulnerable Victorians, such as those with mental illness or disability, are also eligible.

“It’s about supporting the community during the pandemic,” EMFMP manager Paula Judd.

EMFMP has received its first batch of masks, with more expected to arrive in the coming weeks.

The masks can be collected from the Echuca and Moama practices.

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