SLMDA Says It Has Not Called For A Saint Lucia Shutdown

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The Saint Lucia Medical and Dental Association (SLMDA) Friday explained that it has not called for a shutdown of this country due to COVID-19, and has not recommended the move as has been done in some quarters.

“That is in part because we recognise the importance not just of tourism, but to keep the economy going – that is important,” SLMDA President, Dr. Merle Clarke, says.

“Shutdowns are the beginning, so in March we certainly did call for a shutdown of all economic activity,” Clarke recalled in a statement released to the media.

“That was in part to get a better handle on what was going on with this pandemic,” the SLMDA President observed.

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She noted that the COVID-19 virus has been ‘so fast-moving’.

According to Clarke, the shutdown allowed not only Saint Lucia, but countries around the world to stock up on PPE, get better training and testing supplies, training and other things in place that they perhaps may not have had before the pandemic started.

She expressed the view that in every crisis there’s opportunity.

The SLMDA President in the case of Saint Lucia, among other things,  the Island’s testing capacity, not just for COVID, but other infectious diseases has improved.

Headline photo: Dr. Merle Clarke

 

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