According to a microbiologist contracted by the Australian Government to assess growing concerns at the Nauru processing centre, says the contamination was “of epic proportions” and “presented a serious health hazard to those in the camp”.
Former employees that were contracted at the centre have complained that their concerns were not adequately addressed and that several endured ongoing health problems as a result of exposure to the mould, including cognitive impairment and chronic lung infections.
In 2014, microbiologist Dr Cameron Jones was contracted to assess the site by the Government appointed contractor, Transfield, and described the problem as “10 out of 10”.
“It couldn’t be any worse. You have a hot, humid environment. You have non-air-conditioned accommodation, with the combination of porous sleeping materials, canvas, and hot sunlight. So essentially those tents were acting as an incubator.