Trinidad and Tobago: The opposition leader Kamla Persad Bissessar slammed the PM-led administration for removing COVID-19 restrictions. She stated that this decision will not benefit the decision and is only an ‘obscene act’ to distract the residents from the preventable Paria deaths.
“Rowley’s move to lift some Covid 19 restrictions was not to benefit citizens; rather, it was a totally self-serving and obscene act to distract from the preventable Paria deaths,” the leader of opposition stated.
Prime Minister Keith Rowley has not said anything regarding this matter. In this regard, the opposition leader mentioned, “In the light of the condemnation of the Government’s handling of the deaths of the four sea divers, due to Paria. One might wonder that it is nothing, just an act to deflect from the disaster. The Prime Minister hasn’t shared any official remark in the matter yet.”
She further shed light on the disregarded finding of the committee of the Government of Prime Minister Rowley into the management of COVID-19. She stated that the Government and the Ministry of Health have been running propaganda and misled the country for two years.
She outlined that the COVID-19 report by the health ministry shows that the country has dealt with many serious issues, such as overworked staff, lack of crucial data, shortage of crucial medications and absence of comprehensive ICU policy.
Bissessar further emphasized that the committee has, most notably, stressed their own inabilities to properly interview medical personnel.
Opposition leader, Bissessar, was quoted as, “Incredibly Rowley feels none of these issues is cause for concern. Indeed, Rowley’s inaction in making changes to the propaganda of the MOH team has directly contributed to more than 3,000 deaths.”
She concluded with a question, “Will Rowley ignore the findings of the investigation into Paria Fuel disaster as he is ignoring the Covid-19 report?”
Prime Minister Keith Rowley announced these new COVID-19 restrictions at the Parliament on March 4, 2022, after returning from his visit to Doha, Qatar.