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Failed leadership!!!

THE NEW TODAY is urging Grenadians to take seriously the figures released on Tuesday by Acting Chief Medical Officer in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Shawn Charles that about one-third of the population is believed to be now infected with the coronavirus.

Dr. Charles will be privy to all the information picked up in the field by the various health teams that were out in numbers over the last weekend engaged in house-to-house visits in selected areas of the country to engage in both testing for Covid-19 and vaccination against the deadly virus.

The medical doctor was also among those who went out on the assignment and had hands-on information from the people living in those communities.

The data that was picked up was quite shocking as it revealed that in some households as much as three out of five persons were infected with the virus and did not know their status until they were tested.

The statistics from the field visits cast grave doubts on the accuracy of the information now given nightly by the Ministry of Health in its Dashboard on infections in Grenada.

With the kind of information picked up over the weekend, the scientific experts will be in a position to use the data to forecast the situation that is obtaining in the country.

This was the same approach used by Opposition Leader Tobias Clement, who has a background in Science, to estimate that about 15,000 Grenadians were already infected with the virus that was spreading like wildfire throughout the length and breath of Grenada and to a lesser extent on the sister isles of Carriacou & Petite Martinique.

The acting CMO was putting the figures at around 30,000 Grenadians and possible 50,000 in another two weeks while the Opposition Leader was putting it at half that amount.

The reality of the situation is that Covid-19 is all over the island and very rampant as can be seen by the rising daily death toll.

THE NEW TODAY is not in agreement with the Acting CMO that now is not the time for pointing fingers but to come together as one nation to combat the deadly virus.

Is Dr. Charles really serious? The people are calling for a change in the policy with respect to the 2 day period of quarantine for persons coming into the country and the government is bluntly refusing to listen to their pleas and cries.

How can you get co-operation in such a situation?

This crisis shows clearly that the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchel does not have a plan to deal with the situation after 17 months of the pandemic being around in the world.

Dr. Charles is fully aware that three out of five persons in some households are infected by the virus but no effort is being made to help with the isolation of the two other persons who are not yet infected and will eventually catch the disease.

The most prudent thing to do in the circumstances is to follow the Barbados model by Prime Minister Mia Mottley and turn the empty schools into Isolation Centres in the battle to slow the spread of the virus.

The current situation has been described as a national crisis and there is a deafening silence on the role of the National Disaster Management Agency (NADMA) in this the island’s greatest hour of need when the Prime Minister is himself the line minister for the agency.

Nadma is presently without a head as the person in charge has left in the midst of the Covid-19 crisis to go on his pre-retirement leave.

Where is Senator Winston Garraway at the moment to come up with a plan to give guidance to Nadma in this current dilemma? Is he getting a pay cheque from the national purse to do nothing? Maybe now is the time for Nadma to return to its old name NERO which after Hurricane Ivan in 2004 was christened ZERO by the people of Grenada.

THE NEW TODAY also has to raise concerns about the on-the-job performance of two of our ambassadors – those who are assigned to Cuba and China.

It was obvious this week that Grenada had a shortage of test kits for Covid-19 as many persons who showed up at health centres to be tested for the virus had to be turned back because they had run out of the kits.

The government of Dominica was gracious in giving a donation of test kits to the people of Grenada which it had received from the government of China.

Grenada has an ambassador to China in the person of the daughter of the current Minister of Agriculture, Peter David. How come the Lady Ambassador could not help source Covid-19 test kits for the suffering people of Grenada, Carriacou & Petite Martinique at this crucial period?

It is our information that Prime Minister Mottley in Barbados had the foresight and wisdom in making an early approach to the government of Cuba for a large contingent of doctors and nurses to be sent to help provide healthcare for her people when the coronavirus started to wreak havoc around the world.

Where is Ambassador Claris Charles, the person who should be serving as Grenada’s Ambassador to Havana? Why is she at home for nearly one year now and not in Cuba to engage the government there face-to-face in seeking medical assistance for our people?

The current crisis has exposed Prime Minister Mitchell and the NNP regime as failing the people in the greatest health challenge to face mankind in the last century.

There is no doubt that Dr. Mitchell has excelled in the art of winning elections with an impressive victory record at the polls but cannot compare in leadership to the late Eric Gairy and Maurice Bishop in taking charge of a bleak and dismal situation with a hands-on approach in combating the crisis.

In a much more educated and advanced society elsewhere, where ignorance is not a factor, the current Grenadian leader would have been history a long time ago for his dismal performance on the job.