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Minister Concerned That Saint Lucian Nurses Are Facing COVID-19 Stigma

Saint Lucia’s Health and Wellness Minister is concerned that Saint Lucian nurses are facing stigma due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Senator Mary Isaac expressed the concern Tuesday in an interview to mark International Nurses Day.

“We have a situation where during this pandemic we have people stigmatising nurses,” Isaac noted.

She observed that in so doing, those persons are  disregarding the important role nurses play in the community.

The Minister told the National Television Network that some bus drivers  are refusing to transport nurses.

She explained that the bus drivers fear that the nurses are working in an unsafe environment.

According to the Minister, the authorities had to provide transportation for nurses during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I believe this is an opportunity for us to educate our people that these very same nurses are the people we are relying on to take care of us, to take care of our people in Saint Lucia especially during this pandemic,” she asserted.

Isaac expressed the view that International Nurses Day provided an opportunity to appreciate what nurses actually do and the role they play in the society.

7 COMMENTS

  1. They facing stigma and you eh want to give them a little stipend you telling them thier reward in heaven.Well I believe thier reward for you will be in the ballot box.

  2. Hmmm we all are facing it , so why do they want to open the country to bring tourism so we can get back the Corona virus . Think we should wait it’s to soon.

  3. Let’s start with having the nurses change their uniform when leaving work. I don’t want to be by any nurse who have just worked a shift knowing this virus is around. You tell persons to take of shoes and clothes as soon as they get home but have nurses leaving possibly invested places coming amongst us in the public with their uniform. I don’t want them near me

  4. nurses should practice good hygeine habits. they should not be wearing their clothes while up and about. who knows what germs they have on there from a hospital setting? seriously, the nurses association should prohibit that type of un-hygeinic behaviour. they need to change immediately after their shift and wash hands and face after being in hospital setting if a full bath not possible. its healthy not only for others but for themselves too. so they dont carry hospital germs to their families.

  5. To our medical personnels, most of ur would like to thank you for your braveness, and the hard work you have demonstrated during this war against COVID 19! plese ignor all negativety! inorder to free yourselves from unneccesary stress! THANK YOU!

  6. Sometimes I’m wondering whether or not some lucians have a soul some of them are so ungrateful reading some of these comments Jesus take the wheel. I will say a big thank you to the nurses. God bless you.

  7. Bravo to nurses BUT my husband works at a hotel that’s not in operation right guest wise YET as soon as he gets home he bags his clothes disinfects his shoes cap bathes outside drinks a shot of strong liquor and settles down .I don’t think nurses should wear uniforms after work any shift or outbreak . construction workers change their wear after work if they don’t have their own vehicle .if nurse has his or her own ride feel free to work and wear but if not a change of wear would be cool no stigma

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