The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) has ’emphatically denounced’ the leaking of private correspondence regarding COVID-19, intended for Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George.
“Such abhorrent actions serve only to undermine public trust in our systems as we all continue to fight this invisible enemy which is waging war on both lives and livelihoods,” the SLMDA said in a statement Tuesday.
The denunciation came after an October 27, 2020, letter bearing the SLMDA letterhead and addressed to Belmar-George was circulated on social media.
The letter noted the rapidly increasing number of patients being diagnosed with COVID-19 and observed that two ‘of our colleagues’ have been infected.
It stated that an an emergency general meeting of the SLMDA was held on Friday, to formulate recommendations for containing community spread of COVID-19.
Among the recommendations which the letter said were made by members and mentioned in the leaked document addressed to the CMO were instituting a curfew between 9.pm and 6.00 am, limiting social activity to immediate family and allowing citizens who can work from home to do so.
In condemning the leaking of correspondence, the SLMDA noted in a statement Tuesday that Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, is a long standing and esteemed member of the
“As has been stated on numerous occasions, we implicitly trust in her ability to provide guidance on policy decisions pertinent to public health,” the statement, signed by SLMDA President Merle L. Clarke observed.
It disclosed that a response was received from the office of the Chief Medical Officer requesting a meeting Tuesday evening.
However the SLMDA statement lamented that unfortunately, the avalanche of calls and messages regarding the leaked letter came in, interrupting meeting preparations.
“We at the SLMDA understand that there is a long and difficult road ahead and that we must find a way to coexist with COVID 19,” it said.
“We stand ready and willing to do our part to encourage you our fellow citizens to adhere to the protocols and guidelines set out by Ministry of Health and to provide you with quality healthcare services. We urge each and every citizen to understand that we all have a personal responsibility to keep ourselves and others safe,” the SLMDA declared.
Headline photo caption: (File photo) Dr. Sharon Belmar-George