The opposition United Workers Party (UWP), accusing the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) administration of ‘confusion and inaction’ amid a surge in COVID-19 infections and deaths locally, on Wednesday called for more decisive action to deal with the situation.
Former COVID-19 Command Centre Chairman, Dominic Fedee, urged a ramping up of the campaign so more people can get vaccinated, beefing up quarantine capacity and making more mobile vehicles to do testing for the virus available.
He also said the government needs to make hard decisions.
“The quarantine capacity needs to be beefed up because too many people are quarantining at home and that in itself will present some dire consequences, because the home circumstances of a number of individuals they differ from family to family. Some families have one bathroom, some families have three bathrooms and it goes up depending on your social stature and so therefore what we want to make sure is that you have people vaccinated,” the former Tourism Minister told a news conference aired on G.V.D Television.
Fedee said it was his understanding that a ‘very noteworthy organisation in the medical fraternity’ had written to the government in the last two days to ask the administration to consider ‘even greater measures’ to curb the spread of COVID-19.
“One of the measures I was told that was recommended to the government was to shut the country down. We could see that the government has had a certain reluctance to be able to do so and we can understand why, because the labour party is not concerned with health science or economic science, they are concerned mostly with political science and that is the sad thing about this pandemic. We are asking Philip J. Pierre and the Saint Lucia Labour Party to lead the country. The country needs leadership at this time,” he declared.
“Too many people are at risk – too many people are dying. Too many people are getting sick. Too many people are missing work, too many people are now finding it more difficult to take care of their families. We are begging you ‘Please do something drastic. Stop all of this cosmetic approach’,” the former Anse La Raye-Canaries MP asserted.
He noted that the government is trying to change the names of institutions and expunge records and ‘come up with all of these games’.
“Going to the house and the biggest consideration for the government is to free up marijuana while we are in a COVID crisis. Come on, let’s behave like we are in a crisis,” Fedee stated.
Headline photo: Dominic Fedee (Stock image)