Prime Minister Allen Chastanet has urged Saint Lucians in the diaspora to help address COVID-19 fake information, especially relating to this country’s COVID-19 response.
He did so in a message aired Saturday.
The PM broadcast the message to mark this country’s 42nd anniversary of independence.
“The image of our country is too important to allow it to be ruined by simply sharing a fake post or a false news story,” Chastanet declared.
“So please, think before you share,” was his appeal.
The PM informed his audience that there was ‘very positive’ news despite a difficult January.
“We’ve begun to roll out the vaccine,” Chastanet explained.
“We are improving our testing and enforcement of the protocols,” he observed.
“And I believe our people are truly rising to the occasion, understanding the impact of a shutdown on our small economy,” Chastanet said.
He said Saint Lucia has significantly reduced the quarantine cost for returning nationals to ease the burden and encourage a more monitored quarantine system.
Chastanet explained that Saint Lucia wants its nationals to come home.
But he said the country needs strict adherence to keep everyone safe.
“I thank you all for your continued co-operation,” he said in the video recording.
This year, Saint Lucia is celebrating independence under the theme: ‘A Resilient Nation. We can, we will‘.
“The resilience of the people of Saint Lucia in the face of adversity, especially since 1979 when we took that bold step into the future is well documented,” Chastanet asserted.
“COVID has not been able to break our spirit or dull our enthusiasm in striving to create a better Saint Lucia,” he stated.
“In fact, we were well on track to achieving that goal when the pandemic broke out at the beginning of 2020,” he observed.
“By then, we had brought back economic growth to Saint Lucia,” Chastanet said.
“We had managed to significantly reduce unemployment levels, as well as our debt to GDP ratio,” he told his audience.
He also said, among other things, that foreign direct investment had begun returning to this country.
Chastanet said the government of Saint Lucia is forever grateful for the help it gets from nationals abroad in a number of areas.
He also expressed his government’s condolences to all nationals in the diaspora who have lost family members and loved ones in the past year.