Brave blasts 'know it all' Minnis over COVID

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May 04, 2021

OPPOSITION leader, Philip "Brave" Davis has said government has continuously dropped the ball in its fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

This, he said, was evident in Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ “know it all” attitude because he is a doctor.

#Mr Davis, in speaking to journalists outside of the House of Assembly on Monday, noted that the Progressive Liberal Party warned the government about its practices regarding the pandemic, but their warnings fell on deaf ears.
#He said the results of not taking heed are disastrous.
#“We warned the government and made suggestions as to how they ought to be addressing, first of all the opening (of the borders), we told them how to open wisely, and indicated to them that they should be putting the protocols and an infrastructure in place to avoid spreads,” he said.
#“They did not do it then and so hundreds of cases turn into thousands and now we are having thousands turn into more thousands, because they did not heed our warning in June. I identified the three variants that were then present. I identified the UK variant which was then present in 53 countries. I identified the Brazilian variant that was then in 23 countries. I identified, as well, the South African variant that was contained, but God knows where that would have led.
#“I told them we need to act now and to prevent the spreads here. How do you do it? Through testing. There is no doubt that this government is continuously dropping the ball on our fight against this virus.”
#Recently, the Consultant Physicians Association took issue with the government’s new policy which, as of May 1, gave those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the right not to be tested for the virus. The association said it was not consulted by the government on this.
#“Typical of this government,” Mr Davis said. “The Prime Minister feels he is a doctor, so he doesn’t need to talk to doctors. In a fight like this you need to engage all of your stake holders and to craft an effective policy. Stakeholders who are required to participate in what you are about to do should be involved and engaged.
#“So again, it tells you what we have as a government – arrogant, ‘I know it all and I don’t need to listen to anyone because I am a doctor.’ It always appears that the government is always reactive instead of being proactive to this dilemma that we are in.
#“Our management of this pandemic is sorely lacking, and it doesn’t have to be this bad. All we need to do is to look around us at our Caribbean neighbours and see how well they are doing in their fight compared to how we are doing. We continue to pull far behind all of them.”
#Mr Davis also challenged the government’s COVID testing and contact tracing measures.
#“It’s clear that they don’t have a comprehensive plan for testing that will prevent the spread,” he continued.
#“Because if they did, we would not have exponential spread as we’re having. The other issue we raised is the question of contact tracing. It was not being done immediately enough. It was not being done robust enough and in fact in many instances it was not being done at all.

This, he said, was evident in Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis’ “know it all” attitude because he is a doctor.

Mr Davis, in speaking to journalists outside of the House of Assembly on Monday, noted that the Progressive Liberal Party warned the government about its practices regarding the pandemic, but their warnings fell on deaf ears.

He said the results of not taking heed are disastrous.

“We warned the government and made suggestions as to how they ought to be addressing, first of all the opening (of the borders), we told them how to open wisely, and indicated to them that they should be putting the protocols and an infrastructure in place to avoid spreads,” he said.

“They did not do it then and so hundreds of cases turn into thousands and now we are having thousands turn into more thousands, because they did not heed our warning in June. I identified the three variants that were then present. I identified the UK variant which was then present in 53 countries. I identified the Brazilian variant that was then in 23 countries. I identified, as well, the South African variant that was contained, but God knows where that would have led.

“I told them we need to act now and to prevent the spreads here. How do you do it? Through testing. There is no doubt that this government is continuously dropping the ball on our fight against this virus.”

Recently, the Consultant Physicians Association took issue with the government’s new policy which, as of May 1, gave those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, the right not to be tested for the virus. The association said it was not consulted by the government on this.

“Typical of this government,” Mr Davis said. “The Prime Minister feels he is a doctor, so he doesn’t need to talk to doctors. In a fight like this you need to engage all of your stake holders and to craft an effective policy. Stakeholders who are required to participate in what you are about to do should be involved and engaged.

“So again, it tells you what we have as a government – arrogant, ‘I know it all and I don’t need to listen to anyone because I am a doctor.’ It always appears that the government is always reactive instead of being proactive to this dilemma that we are in.

“Our management of this pandemic is sorely lacking, and it doesn’t have to be this bad. All we need to do is to look around us at our Caribbean neighbours and see how well they are doing in their fight compared to how we are doing. We continue to pull far behind all of them.”

Mr Davis also challenged the government’s COVID testing and contact tracing measures.

“It’s clear that they don’t have a comprehensive plan for testing that will prevent the spread,” he continued.

“Because if they did, we would not have exponential spread as we’re having. The other issue we raised is the question of contact tracing. It was not being done immediately enough. It was not being done robust enough and in fact in many instances it was not being done at all.

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News date : 05/04/2021    Category : Covid-19, Politics, Tribune Stories

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