Thursday, October 6, 2022

SLP Wants Government Out Over Its ‘Disastrous’ COVID-19 Response

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The opposition Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) believes the ruling United Workers Party (UWP) administration should be removed because of its disastrous handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The opposition made the call Thursday during a news conference.

At the news conference, the following statement was read:

 Recent developments in relation to the COVID 19 Pandemic in Saint Lucia are once again demonstrating that the handling of the pandemic by the UWP Government is disastrous, that the Government has lost its way and that the UWP needs to be removed from office.

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On December 9th, 2020 a Press Conference was hosted by the Chair of the Command Centre Hon. Dominic Fedee with announcements of new Regulations that came out of NEMAC consultations.

It was stated that these protocols would be for the period December 15th to January 11th, 2021.

Today is January 14, 2021 and therefore the questions must be asked: Are there ANY Regulations and Protocols in effect in Saint Lucia right now?

On December 17th, 2020 on the margins of a Senate Meeting, the Minister of Health, Hon. Mary Isaac, who has responsibility to issue Orders and Regulations stated that the Government had the COVIID-19 pandemic under control.

One month later, Saint Lucia is experiencing its worst days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

We have seen 230 cases from December 11th to January 14th with a pandemic high of 43 cases on January 9th.

Yet, amidst all this it appears that our Protocols have expired since January 11th. How can a responsible Government, how can a responsible Minister of Health, how can a responsible Chairman of the Command Centre, and how can a responsible Prime Minister allow our country to be in such a situation? A worsening of the pandemic and NO protocols legally in place!

However, the situation is worse than this. We learnt yesterday, January 13th that a non-national, presumably, a visitor from the UK arrived in Saint Lucia on December 30th and had died on January 9th. This raises some serious questions.

– Why did it take so many days for Saint Lucians to be informed of this death from COVID-19?
– Did the visitor arrive in Saint Lucia already suffering with the effects of COVID-19t?
– Did the visitor present a negative COVID-19 test result?
– As the visitor was not in care at the time of death, was the resort where he stayed respecting and implementing approved COVID-19 Protocols?
– Is it true that there has been an outbreak of COVID-19 at that same hotel?
– Do we have evidence of the UK strain of the COVID-19 virus?
– What action will be undertaken by the CMO and Minister of Health to address this very worrying situation?

With the U.K. and the U.S requiring international travellers to present negative PCR tests upon entry, the following questions arise:
– Does Saint Lucia’s overburdened public health sector have the capacity to perform these additional tests?
– Will local private laboratories now be certified to process PCR tests to compensate for the new U.K. and U.S. policies?
– Does Saint Lucia have the capacity to test for the new COVID-19 variant?

At this point, most Saint Lucians would have preferred that our borders be closed to the U.K and the U.S. in order to take control of this outbreak in COVID-19; however, we are aware of the economic ramifications of closing the borders.

Therefore, we once again call on the Government of Saint Lucia to ensure the following for ALL international visitors:

– ALL visitors entering Saint Lucia should present a negative PCR
– Institute mandatory second testing upon arrival to Saint Lucia
– Quarantine requirements with daily temperature checks and testing where necessary.
– More stringent oversight from the Ministry of Health to ensure that the COVID-19 protocols are adhered to.

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