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CMO: Inadequate Data & Analysis Hindering Regional Response To Gun Trafficking, Violence


Saint Lucia’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) has disclosed that inadequate data and analysis were hindering regional policymakers in their response to illegal gun trafficking and violence.

Dr. Sharon Belmar-George explained that the public health approach to crime and violence focuses on prevention and using data.

“Policymakers in the region currently lack adequate information and analysis necessary to design a whole-of-society approach to preventing and reducing firearm trafficking and violence,” Belmar-George asserted.

Earlier this week, she spoke during a Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) awards ceremony.

Her theme was ‘Crime As A Public Health Issue.’

The CMO pointed out that the critical gap related to the mechanics and impact of illicit arms flows at the community level, as well as how illegal markets impact violence, public health, and society.

Belmar-George explained that while criminology, public health, violence prevention, and arms control researchers have begun collecting relevant data, important gaps remain.

In this regard, the CMO noted the existence of minimal data on non-fatal firearm injuries.

“That conceals the true extent of violence and the root causes and impacts,” Belmar-George told her audience.

She also observed that information regarding the cost of treating firearm injuries was not readily available.

According to the CMO, the situation creates challenges for a public health assessment and delivering appropriate care to victims.

In addition, Belmar-George declared that there’s only a partial understanding of the broader impacts of gun violence on families, the community, and society.

“Within the region, the major gap of insufficient data and the lack of data sharing even among major agencies to properly define the problem if we are to look for early interventions to be able to manage,” she stated.

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  1. St lucia put your statistics and graphs out and send that to CARICOM, you guys do a better job with data than most of them. But u all don’t have law enforcement though. So crime solving data is zero . Don’t forget .

  2. In hindsight, this “inadequate data and analysis” excuse is the one which the CMO, together with the St. Lucian medical & political establishment, used to assuage their guilty consciences in justifying the mandated use of inadequately tested Covid-19 vaccines (so-called, even though they did not prevent infection) in St. Lucia.

    Now, she wants to convince us she is an expert of public policy regarding arms trafficking? 8itc#, please!

    The failing US empire has only one card left to play, in a desperate ploy to retain its tenuous grasp of hegemony over the region, now that its 800+ bases & surface fleets around the world have been rendered ineffective against the military might (non-nuclear deterrence by hypersonic missile technology) of Russia, China & Iran: Create chaos in the region by flooding it with small arms, so the “natives” can kill each other off (to recreate the genocide of the 18th & 19th centuries on the American continent)!

    Using this feeble excuse now, the CMO is complicit (whether for free or for money) in the violent degeneration of St. Lucian society! Revealed in this is her psychopathic behavior, in direct opposition to the Hippocratic Oath she supposedly swore to!

  3. Here’s a snippet of fact to describe the black mis-leadership class in the Caribbean & the US. It is most apt when explaining the words & actions of the CMO, together with the St. Lucian medical & political establishment (in short, the educated fools):

    “When you control a man’s thinking you do not have to worry about his actions. He will find his own ‘proper place’ and will stay in it. You do not need to send him to the back door. He will go without being told. In fact, if there is no back door, he will cut one for his [own] special benefit. His education makes it necessary…” — Carter G. Woodson, The Mis-Education of the Negro


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