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Former PM’s hypocritical covid comments

Former Prime Minister and serial liar Hubert Minnis has shamelessly criticized the newly-elected government’s handling of the pandemic.

Minnis had the nerve to say that the Family Islands have limited capacity to deal with severe cases because of limited ventilators, oxygens supplies and airlift capacity.

Did Minnis forget that he mishandled the pandemic for the past two years?

The sister of one of his Cabinet Ministers waited days for an emergency flight from Bimini to New Providence after she contracted COVID-19. Sadly, she died mid flight.

His only plan for the pandemic was lockdowns, but he failed to put in place mass testing and distribute masks. Lying Minnis claims that the PLP’s response to the pandemic is

“disastrous, incompetent and chaotic.” But those words aptly describe his term as prime minister.

The PLP was ready from day one to tackle the pandemic head on.

Over the past three weeks, the Minister of Health and Wellness Dr. Michael Darville and the members of his Covid-19 technical team have visited islands in the Southern and Central Bahamas to conduct an urgent assessment of the situation there. In addition, the Ministry has dispatched COVID-19 surveillance and enforcement units to Inagua, North Eleuthera, and the Berry Islands with the intention to review COVID-19 cases, tighten surveillance protocols, and better support those who need to isolate and quarantine.

The government is in the process of building a nationwide free testing programme. Free testing will begin as a pilot programme in those Family Islands currently most at risk for community spread of the COVID virus.

The goal of testing as many residents of these islands as possible is to let individuals know their status, so they can act accordingly, and to give health authorities the information they need to create targeted and effective policies.

The Ministry will also begin distribution of medical grade masks to islands experiencing COVID-19 clusters.

Additionally, the Ministry is in the process of identifying resources to assist with the surveillance and enforcement of COVID-19 protocols and will expand both public education and vaccinations on these islands.

These steps will be taken immediately while the Ministry also works to expand the national health care capacity more generally.

The steps outlined by the Ministry are in accordance with the Davis government’s determination to rely on a cooperative approach rather than a punitive one.

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