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.