A vulnerable HIV patient held inside an immigration detention centre has been “left without life-saving treatment and his antidepressants for seven days.”
The man, 42, who has asked to remain anonymous, relies on the treatment to reduce his viral load to undetectable levels – but a Covid-19 outbreak that has ripped through the centre has caused great concern for his untreated viral load and immune system.
All of the #Jamaica50 detainees in Charlie and Induction Wing of Colnbrook Immigration Removal Centre near to Heathrow Airport have had their tickets cancelled for Wednesday’s flight (November 10) due to the outbreak, MyLondon has learned.
It is unconfirmed whether detainees from other wings have also had their tickets cancelled for Wednesday.
Colnbrook has gone into lockdown because of the rising number of cases, meaning no outside visitors are allowed to see loved ones.
The Home Office revealed on Friday that the man is no longer facing removal from the UK for Wednesday’s flight, but he remains fearful for his life because detainees testing positive for Covid-19 are mixing with those testing negative inside communal areas and outside in the courtyard.
He also suffers from severe mental health issues, and takes a combination of anti-psychotics and antidepressants for paranoid schizophrenia, depression and PTSD.
The man has been prescribed a specific dosage antidepressants for 10 years, but has been denied it since arriving at the centre.