JAMAICA | PNP Says Prime Minister's tour of Health Facilities ill advised

JAMAICA | PNP Says Prime Minister's tour of Health Facilities ill advised

KINGSTON, Jamaica: September 1, 2021 - Shadow Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr Morais Guy, MP., is warning the Prime Minister against the politicization of Jamaica’s coronavirus vaccination programme and his ill-advised tours that breach the country’s public health regulations and the Disaster Risk Management Act. 

He said the announcement by the Prime Minister to tour St. Thomas’ health facilities and the consequent mobilisation of local JLP operatives to decorate these government facilities in partisan colour is ill-advised and a retrograde step in the national effort which should be singularly focused on the health and wellbeing of the nation.

Opposition spokesman on health, Member of Parliament Dr. Morais GuyOpposition spokesman on health, Member of Parliament Dr. Morais GuyThe Shadow Minister had previously cautioned against these tours when they were initially announced but to no avail. However, he said the evidence is clear as various towns in St Thomas have been festooned with the political colour of the Jamaica Labour Party. 

The Opposition Spokesman said using state resources and already stretched medical personnel to support what could be interpreted as political campaigning is reprehensible and should be condemned by all well-thinking Jamaicans.

Dr Guy said the Prime Minister should call off his tours and spend his time devising a proper plan to quell the latest upsurge from the delta variant, which, so far, has placed our hospitals in crisis and exposed the health and wellbeing of our front-line healthcare workers in jeopardy.

In a response to the PNP, the Prime Minister told a press conference Wednesday evening, that all members of his team were fully vaccinated and all COVID-19 protocols would be followed as he toured the island's health centres.

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