Former Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines has praised the government and health officials here for their management of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Speaking in a wide-ranging interview on the Boom FM OMG morning program yesterday, Sir James told listeners:
“I think we seem up to now to have handled the coronavirus thing well. We have no cases in St. Vincent. I understand St. Lucia now has a problem because of their linkage of people going up and down between St. Lucia and Martinique and Martinique has a bit of a problem.”
“So we’re fortunate with that and what we put into place, but the big problem now is the dengue and it puts into focus to the real concerns of the people of St. Vincent and the Grenadines.”
“Two things people are mainly concerned about, I wish to say three. On top of the list is health. People are concerned about their health, that means they are concerned about the condition of the hospital etc.”
The now 89-year-old who founded the New Democratic Party also said that people are concerned about the health of their pocket, “how much do you have and how you are living.”
St. Vincent and the Grenadines has recorded 64 cases of Covid-19 since March 11th when the first case was reported here. The majority of the cases were imported.
Prime Minister Gonsalves has criticized the opposition NDP for suggesting at the time the country adopt strict lockdown measures calling them ‘draconian Chinese measures’ which he resisted.