Soufriere Parish Priest, Albert Aaron Smith, has come to the defence of Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George, and her team in the face of public criticism of them.
Smith was delivering a homily on Sunday based on the day’s reading regarding loving one’s neighbour as oneself.
Belmar-George and her team have also attracted both praise and criticism for their role in handling the current COVID-19 crisis.
But the Soufriere Parish Priest asserted that they have done well.
“For crying out loud, they have done a good job and if we are honest as Christian men and woman, we would be charitable and don’t attack them and when we hear people attacking them, we should tell them ‘Stand down!” Smith told Catholic worshipers.
“We don’t have to be like Donald Trump who is busy attacking Dr. Fauci when Dr. Fauci is the professional in that matter,” the Parish Priest stated.
Dr. Anthony Stephen Fauci is an American physician and immunologist .
Top US infectious-disease expert has contradicted President Trump’s repeated claims that the United States is rounding the corner in the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump has publicly referred to Fauci as a ‘disaster’.
The Soufriere Parish Priest said people jump on the bandwagon and attack Dr. Sharon Belmar-George and her office.
“With the minimum resources that we have as a country, Dr. Sharon Belmar-George has done her best and we are so uncharitable as Christian men and woman, we attack her office,” Smith lamented on Sunday.
On Sunday, Saint Lucia’s Ministry of Health and Wellness received confirmation of two new cases of COVID-19.
In making the announcement, the CMO disclosed that the new patients brought to 54, the total number of cases diagnosed to date.
“A few weeks ago you heard all kinds of things in Saint Lucia : ‘Oh, Saint Lucia does not have Corona’ and ‘The government wants to control people and they want to take away our rights,’’” the Soufriere Parish Priest recalled.
But he observed that in a matter of a few days, cases are rising.
Smith said he finds it in poor taste when professed Christians and professed leaders of various groups and organisations find it necessary not to follow the protocols set by the CMO and her office, and encourage others to do the same.
“I find that is very selfish and that cannot be Christian and because of our selfishness our selfish motives, look were we are today,” the Clergyman declared.