Opposition leader, Philip J. Pierre has cautioned the government not to ‘scream success’ in the COVID-19 battle for political purposes.
Addressing parliament Friday, Pierre declared that the COVID situation is real.
As a result, he said the government should not relax measures to control the spread of the virus.
“We should not lure the population into a false sense of security,” the Castries East MP asserted.
And he explained that the battle against COVID-19 is far from over.
“We urge the public to obey the protocols,” the Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) leader said.
He also called on members of the public to get the COVID-19 jab.
But at the same time he noted that the government must be more empathetic, understanding that people are frustrated.
“We should speak to them, not arrest them,” Pierre told the house of assembly.
“They are in need of food. Their despair is growing,” he explained.
And he made reference to this week’s confirmation by Victoria Hospital that it found a male patient hanging in a ward.
“We can’t relax when someone commits suicide at the hospital when they are in isolation. That is a life,” Pierre observed.
“A family has lost a loved one,” Pierre stated.
However, he recalled that he had spoken about the situation at the isolation wards at Victoria Hospital.
“Mr. Speaker, no one took me on. As usual they laughed, they abused me,” Pierre told the house.
“Mr. Speaker, now someone has committed suicide because of the isolation,” he stated.
Pierre recalled saying that solation cannot be easy.
He also recounted urging the authorities to make the best arrangements for people who are in isolation.
“I was hearing stories about the situation in isolation. They did not listen to me. They laughed, they ridiculed me, they attacked me. Now what has happened? Some unfortunate person has lost their life,” he noted.
“We cannot relax. we need to have conversations. We need to talk to people and not threaten them,” Pierre stated.
He explained that the COVID-19 situation is real and Saint Lucia has not yet ‘crossed the threshold’