SLMDA President Writes Hilaire Expressing Opposition To ‘Unvaxxed’ Carnival

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The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) has expressed opposition to plans to hold an ‘unvaxxed’ carnival in a letter to Minister for Tourism, Investment, Creative Industries, Culture and Information, Dr. Ernest Hilaire.

SLMDA President Dr. Merle Clarke  signed the letter.

It followed an announcement this week by Hilaire’s Ministry that Carnival will be open to vaccinated and unvaccinated individuals, with guidelines to follow.

The Ministry had initially stated that Saint Lucia would have a ‘vaxxed’ event.

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However, it changed course this week in a press release.

In documenting the opposition of the SLMDA’s executive and members to an ‘unvaxxed’ Carnival, the letter to Hilaire acknowledged the complexities of the ‘lives and livelihoods conundrum’ and the economic impact of the festivity.

“But we are duty-bound to safeguard the health and wellbeing of the citizens of this country,” President Dr. Merle Clarke wrote.

She noted that the strategy alluded to in this week’s press release was far from being the safest and most responsible approach to hosting a mass crown event during a pandemic, particularly in the context of increasing COVID-19 cases and hospitalisations.

Clarke also noted that as physicians, SLMDA members are aware that the scarcity of social activities during the pandemic has far-reaching mental health implications.

“But we cannot and will not in good conscience support the sanctioning of unsafe mass crowd events,’ the SLMDA President declared.

“We must as a country prioritise the wellbeing of our people and the education of our children,” Clarke stated.

In addition, the SLMDA President indicated that the ‘unvaxxed’ Carnival plan would undoubtedly sound the ‘death knell’ for the ‘exceedingly sluggish’ COVID-19 vaccination campaign.

“We strongly recommend that this decision be reconsidered and that vaccination be a requirement for all attendees of carnival events,” Clarke wrote regarding the ‘unvaxxed’ Carnival plan.

And she explained that failure to do so would adversely impact SLMDA members, fellow healthcare providers, and Saint Lucia’s fragile healthcare system.

 

 

 

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42 COMMENTS

  1. Therefore let us keep the festival,not with the old yeast, the thoughts of Herod,the yeast of malice,and wickedness, but with bread whithout yeast, the bread of sincerity and truth.
    So then,no more boasting about men ! All things are yours,or the world of life or death or the present or the future- all are yours……

  2. I want concessions on barrels at the ports too because I cant afford groceries. Imagine carnival concessions before our belly. Mwen meme

  3. 😷😡😠
    Therefore,if you have disputes 😧 over such argument :
    Complete in knowledge and competent to instruct one another,to be wise about what is good,and innocent about what is ⚰️evil,to do yourself no harm.
    A little yeast works through the whole dough !!

  4. That’s good for the SLMDA and other organization who sided and voted for SLP. Labour should not consult y’all for nothing for all I care, they should treat y’all like you didn’t exist because you all had a good UWP government but refused to work with them, y’all undermined UWP at every turn so take what you get. Let Labour pee on y’all and call it rain. Lucian to gullible, uninformed and ignorant so deal with what you get.

    • @Lucian758-Man shut up, none of you can sight any accomplishments by your god Allan Chastanet.

      Just one accomplishment. I beg you to highlight one accomplishment by Allan Chastanet upon becoming priminister…So why should anyone work with a failure?

      • @James, I don’t usually respond to and waist my time with delusional people, but here we go. He promised to give people $1500 and he delivered, he promised to remove the $1.50 fuel tax for the fishermen cause there’s no road on the sea, and he delivered, he promised to give the front line workers a bonus, and he delivered, he promised to put people first but he first gave millions to National trust, Virgin Atlantic and rich CDC apartment owners, he promised to bring down price of fuel, but quickly didn’t increase fuel by $2, he promised people making 4K annually won’t pay tax and he delivered and the list goes on and on and on.

    • It’s the economy stupid!! He lost in a landslide election which means none of what you highlighted was enough to sway the population that he was doing a good job. So that shit is weak!

      The economy was weak and the people living situation was bad under your God Allan.

      A little bit of success with a boat load of failure don’t make you a viable candidate.

      Even UWP people are/ was fed up with the guy. They say that’s not the party of sir john. That’s not flambo.

      So lucie, stop voting and supporting losers.

  5. Merle I agree with all what is stated in you letter. SLMDA is correct. But tell me, Why did you waste your time to write? You think Hilaire will change his mind? It seems that you don’t understand that big carnival means big money for Red International – Hilaire, Thaddeus, Arnold and Lorne. So for them to make their money, the show must go own

  6. Okay so if Covid is here to stay why is this government not doing away with social distance and mask? If it there to stay why are Musa & Philip preaching to follow the protocols and Helaire is promoting mass crowds events?
    Helaire can have his carnival. It is not whether to have it or not but it is the hypocrisy that is showing when I hear unvaxxed individuals are welcome to participate and Gros-Islet Friday is back on. Just come out and do like Antigua and other countries and remove all restrictions for Gawd’s sake. This Gov’t is confusing people. Are we in a pandemic or not Helaire! Why have mass crowds and still talking about the protocols. Has Helaire forgotten what the were saying to the UWP gov’t whilexun opposition?

  7. In all honesty, I think its time the SLP has a serious conversation about what to do with this rogue character Heel Air. No institution, whether business or political can afford to have this guy in any position of influence in their ranks. He opens up the organisation to not only controversy but also to being sued successfully on multiple fronts. Therefore in simple terms, this type is quite costly to have in any organisation. He has proven this over and over, yet he is being enabled and rewarded by the SLP. This must stop. He should give up his portfolio before more damage is done to the country. This island is our country and not Hilaire’s toy to do as he pleases. And this is exactly what is happening in the labour party at the moment. Covid cases rising, and he has no regard for the people or public just his purse. So what has he done? He has given multiple concessions to his friends and his company for two days of debauchery that will not lead to any sustainable growth in the economy. Our health services will be crippled after that mass and he does not care. The stories of multiple people dying in their houses in various communities were facts. But he does not give a fig about St lucians. This is about himself and his boy toys. If the SLP is unable to govern and they can’t, they need to step down and go to the polls early.

    • @say it as is………you are very correct. Controversy follows this boy wherever he is. In every job or position he had held and left it is always under dishonest, unscrupulous or shady circumstances leaving a trail of controversy behind him. If it was an ordinary man he would have a hard time securing another job with that kind of history but here we have this slp government Imposing this shady character on the people in a very high profile position to boot. They better enjoy they last dance because with this dude they can never get in power again. They know it too that is why that are on a get rich frenzy filling up fast because they know this is their last dance. I regret voting for these crooks.

    • Red Boys and girls show your shameless faces. Stop hiding behind he liar you entitled leeches. The Arnolds and your families, Thaddeus and family, Lorne and family, he liar, maundy, the disbarred lawyer are you all so desperate for money to live large and turn your noses down at people that you would sacrifice the health of people for it. A lot of those young people who you encourage in reckless behaviour have elderly fragile relatives they share a home with and these people aren’t going anywhere to get covid……it is being brought home to them. I hope the e suing spike and deaths hurt your cons inches to the core. Greedy vultures.

  8. You must have balls to change your decisions. If you can’t knowing that you made a mistake, means that you have no balls.
    Reds International is running the country. Look at who is holding the Carnival Purse 9 Ta—-Mara G.
    All about friends no matter if they have criminal records.

  9. You must have balls to change your decisions. If you can’t knowing that you made a mistake, means that you have no balls.
    REDS INTERNATIONAL IS RULING THE COUNTRY. CHECK WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CARNIVAL PURSE. TAM – ARA WHO CANNOT PRACTICE LAW BECAUSE OF FRAUD.
    All about friends no matter if they have criminal records.

  10. I think the slmda just write the letter for formality sake nothing more. When people have their bread well butta it only left to the fools to believe there antics

  11. All you imbeciles going with the SLDMA, can you see covid on peoples face?

    Are you trying to normalize this nonsense? Are you that compliant and sheep like that you will have one set of people to govern you humanity for the rest of the time you breath on this earth?

    MOVE ON! You cannot avoid COVID, if youre so scared stay at your home….make ppl bring your groceries…pay people to go pay your bills….wear your mask in your home…

    The gross ridiculousness and gullibility the lot of you are expressing is DISTURBING to say the least. The thing is a FLU, harsher in some cases depending on your current health conditions, but my god the NEWS have you guys by the balls…its really SAD.

    GET off your high horse and realize the mental degradation the media has committed.

    Many heads need to roll for the injustice put on this world, people got richer…people got poorer..economies are on the brink of collapsing and you will still push for LOCKDOWNS and RESTRICTIONS?

    GET OVER IT!

    Let the rest of the NORMAL people live….stay home and maintain your vaccines if youre so concerned…be sure to stay HOME! you sheep

    • Amen. More people are waking up to this con. It is just the hardcore cultists who refuse to let it go.

  12. St lucians open y’all eyes we all saw what chas was doing construction was booming…lots of the youths were employed…trucks transformed from all over some of them were on the roads sending smoke but they was making money…now this SLP administration comes stop all the projects borrowed 1.8b just to have fun/just for fun.

  13. as far as i am concerned people who are not vaccinated should stay away from this all together but the thing about black people is they ready to sacrifice their health over a jump up and later be dead or sick which i really dont understand that type of thinking. I am also very interested in how this vaxx mass will be carried out cause the way i see it all members of the bands and revelers would have to be vaccinated but then how do you control the people on the side lines that come to see carnival? does that mean the venue would change? also i dont see no protocols being followed in the Gros Islet street jam or any of the little fetes in bars regardless of them saying all covid protocols in full effect which is never the case

  14. You have resurfaced with you all mandatory vaccination agenda again. St Lucia is faced with many challenges and covid is not the only one but all you all do is sing covid, covid, covid. When some of the citizens of st lucia come out and share their awful experiences that they go through at our ” public hospitals” you and the rest remain quiet. When the lady had the wrong leg amputated, did you Merle Clarke as the president of the SLMDA visit this lady and render her any assistance? I’m vaccinated but spare me the hypocrisy. I’d love to know exactly how they plan to “police” carnival and ensure that every single reveller and every single spectator is vaccinated? Make it make sense please!

    • I assure you the SLMDA stayed silent. They had no problem going after St. Rose though and trying to fine her. Only a matter of time before people rebel and probably get violent. It won’t be good for those doctors.

  15. The Covid shots whatever brand or make it comes from…only stays in human body for 6 weeks,…which is a hard fact research it, so whether u have had 3 shots or 4 shots and now will be taking shots every 6 months according to bill gate’s recommendation….that’s up too YOU! …it’s your body, your choice….To each their own! You are adults protect yourselfs ! Smh Woi Focus on WASCO the people can’t drink asphalt or sparkles! Yh

  16. Dr. Clarke, in your next missive to Hilaire, please tell him the Marigot road is in a deplorable condition and the people are fed up.

  17. This crazy!!! Hillaire is a wicked and very aloof individual. A mass crowd event in the middle of a pandemic to fulfill the needs of his friends? People are dying. People are suffering. Covid is real. First time I agree with Big nose Merle

  18. You covidians, live your live and let others do likewise. Covid, like the flu is here to stay so whether you like it or not, the time has come for us to live with it. If you do not want to jump in fear that you will contract Covid then stay at your home!!!!

    • Exactly. covid is here to stay. So will the country shut down every time there is wave? Will everything come to a screeching hald trying to flatten the curve? It’s a curve, it must not be flat! There will be bouts of the illness from time to time. If you are vulnerable stay away. Over 95% of people who have contracted this virus recover fine, just like they do with the influenza virus. Being vaccinated doesnt stop transmission or prevent infection, so give this s rest already. Why every time there is wave of the flu the numbers aren’t published? Of dengue?Or zika? People can die from those too. The SLMDA wrote because they had to.

  19. Vaxxx or unvaxx to me is not the issues, I just find it’s blunt Hippocratical to put all that effort to try and abate the COVID situation and then go ahead and endorse carnival. “La vay Le mew su yeh ar tair “

    • Funny you spell hypocrital as Hippocratical. You must be making reference to the Hippocratic Oath. An oath doctors take vowing to do no harm. Someone should ask this morbidly obese HEALTH professional if she ever analysed the pfizer documents used to grant EUA for the pfizer shot after 108 days. The same documents they said should be released for public scrutiny in 75 years. Those shots she is endorsing shows minimal efficacy (12% and not the 95% they were claiming) and have proven very unsafe. The clinical trials were downright fraudulent. This woman should be ashamed of herself. On what basis is she endorsing people offer their bodies as some science experiment? Those doctors need to recognise that people will take their vengeance on someone when they realise what they have been put through. The politicians will have their security. Doctors won’t. Furthermore I won’t take advice from a health professional that doesn’t do the bare minimum to take care of their own health. Go eat some salad, fatty.

  20. I fully support the SLMDA on this. He lies is sacrificing the health of a whole nation to satisfy his friends and family aka his carnival buddies. First of all I have always seen this man’s leading of this ministry as a blatant conflict of interest seeing how his friend have such high stakes in this industry and he having shares in the band as well. Having said that you can’t compromise the health of a whole nation to satisfy the greed of your friends. This is tantamount to domestic terrorism and treason. I supported this government but right now they have blatantly shown that we the ordinary people do not matter and are only concerned with filling their pockets and that of their cronies. Yes we have to coexist with covid but that means making sound decisions and, holding a mass crowd event where all and sundry can participate at a time when covid cases are spiking is irresponsible and reckless…..definitely not a sound decision. When hospital staff become overwhelmed and surgeries are cancelled or other services are sidelined because covid cases take over, we the people who do our part to protect ourselves are the one who suffer. This government’s mantra in opposition was horse before hospital but now they are telling us blatantly FFF before healthcare, bachanal before healthcare, red international before healthcare. I did not vote for that, Pip

  21. This he liar is deceptive and dishonest. He knew long ago that the carnival was never going to be vaxx only. He is a proverbial liar and only looking out for the band that he has shares in. Isn’t that the same conflict of interest they preached against in opposition?. A bunch of liars, all of them. I’m so disgusted. I regret voting for these con men

  22. I fully support the SLMDA on this. He lies is sacrificing the health of a whole nation to satisfy his friends and family aka his carnival buddies. First of all I have always seen this man’s leading of this ministry as a blatant conflict of interest seeing how his friends and himself as well have such high stakes in this industry. Having said that you can’t compromise the health of a whole nation to satisfy the greed of your friends. This is tantamount to domestic terrorism and treason. I supported this government but right now they have blatantly shown that we the ordinary people do not matter and are only concerned with filling their pockets and that of their cronies. Yes we have to coexist with covid but that means making sound decisions and, holding a mass crowd event where all and sundry can participate at a time when covid cases are spiking is irresponsible and reckless…..definitely not a sound decision. When hospital staff become overwhelmed and surgeries are cancelled or other services are sidelined because covid cases take over, we the people who do our part to protect ourselves are the one who suffer. This government’s mantra in opposition was horses before hospital but now they are telling us blatantly FFF before healthcare, bachanal before healthcare, red international before healthcare…..carnival before hospital. I did not vote for that, Pip

  23. It appears that this government is not consulting with the health professionals before taking such health decision. Helaire is going ahead and doing his own thing and Musa is waiting on his lines to read to the public on the teleprompter and Philip Pierre is watching from afar. Is there a command center still? Oh I forgot the new name. Is it still operating?

  24. This clown just looking for her 15 minutes. This crap you trying to put in people don’t stop transmission. Is this the quality of medical personnel we have here. What science are you following with such a statement. No wonder our healthcare is such crap. Lunatics running the asylum.

    • That same clown may have to fit your oxygen tank when you’re in the bed struggling to breathe fool. Perhaps you should shut up.

      • Lol. Less than 1% of people with covid end up in hospital. Even fewer end up on oxygen. Survival rate 96.4% for over 80s to 99.99% for under 5. Overall survival rate across all age groups is over 99%. If you dont know what youre talking about : SHUT UP! And keep your mc in your house.

      • The same clowns that couldnt tell left from right and cut off the wrong leg of the old woman. Now she has no legs? I rather go to a Bush doctor than most of those jokers posing as doctors here.

      • @Shut up take you own idea of a name and shut up. Perhaps if you decide to be really shut up peoiple will not realise that you are such an idiot. So @shut up, just SHUT UP

    • Yes it doesn’t stop transmission but it does help to prevent hospitalization and death of patients.An increase in the amount of covid patients puts a strain on the doctors and nurse who already work long shifts without the covid pandemic so imagine the amount of unnecessary work needs to be done when patients with other illnesses come in as well as covid which could have been prevented by taking the vaccine so before you make a comment like that think before you type. Yall just like to enjoy yourselves and at the end of the day the doctors are in the hospital for three days straight tired and can’t go home to their families.

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