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Dominican-born US university lecturer calls for change of government in Dominica – Dominica News Online

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Dr. Anthony Frampton

University lecturer in the US, Dominican Dr. Bernard Anthony Frampton, believes that there is a need for a change of government in Dominica and the best hope of achieving that is to vote for the United Workers Party whenever elections are called.

Dr. Frampton, who is also a journalist and author, expressed that opinion during a town hall meeting in the Bronx, New York on Saturday.

He said while he is not partisan, he is concerned about what he termed as “an unhealthy tolerance of public corruption that is taking over our country”.

“It has become a plague in our country” he told those gathered at the meeting organized by the Opposition UWP.

Frampton said any action or engagement by public officers that abuse public office for personal or partisan gain is corruption.

For instance, he explained, “political interference in the payment of contracts cost us millions of dollars in lost value and lost opportunities to develop local business and local capacity.”

He contended that if politicians in public office direct public resources to their constituency, cronies, or supporters instead of giving them to the village, community, or people most in need, they are corrupt. If every deserving Dominican does not have a fair chance of receiving public assistance, despite their political persuasion, then the government is corrupt.

“If politicians are acquiring unexplained personal wealth while in public office without the proper reporting or the intervention of the government’s accountability systems, they are corrupt and the system is corrupt,” Dr Frampton added.

He said in fact,  perhaps the most disturbing reflection of Dominica’s current political climate is the apathy to public corruption, both among politicians on the government side and among a large swath of the electorate.

“There seems to no longer be shame in misappropriating the government’s money. I have heard otherwise lucid Dominicans say so what if they take money, everybody does it. And what makes the struggle against this national cancer so complicated is that a significant section of the electorate has been conditioned, through deliberate propaganda, to remember and even relive anxieties over milder acts that tainted the UWP’s short time in office,” he said.

He added, “And if you are patriotic enough, brave enough, or ethically grounded enough to call them out, they will tell you: cool out.  Dominica seems to be raining cool out. But it makes sense, you know. After getting people drunk on too much cold red Kool-Aid in a heated environment, you ought to expect them to want to cool out” he said.

Meantime Frampton also advocated for what he said is a more progressive and independent role for the courts in the system of government.

He argued that the system of appointing judges and the traditional role of our judicial system as the enforcers and elaborators of laws and the protectors of specific rights are too limiting for our realities as a small island nation.

“It may be useful to review the role of the judiciary as elaborators and enforcers of rules and the laws to envisage them as independent arbitrators that permit their timely input in critical matters of governance”, he said.

While Dr. Frampton agrees that we must retain certain aspects of the decentered role of the justice system, he said we must make our courts more efficient and competent in facilitating public engagement and influencing public accountability and transparency in ways that are not just litigious.

“We ought to see them as critical actors in ensuring that government works as much during the fact as after the fact,” he added.





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Dominica employs national contact tracing and sampling committee in its fight against COVID-19

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As part of the strategy to respond to Covid-19 outbreak in Dominica, a national contact tracing and sampling committee has been established in the Primary Healthcare Services Division of the Ministry of Health, Wellness and New Health Investment.

“The Committee is being spearheaded by myself, the Director and comprises of the Permanent Secretary of Tourism, the Chief Dental Officer, Coordinator for National HIV/AIDS Response Unit and our two senior community health nurses,” Director for Primary Healthcare Services in the Ministry of Health, Dr. Laura Esprit said at a news conference recently. “There is one team leader assigned per region who is reporting directly to the Director of Primary Healthcare Services.”

Dr. Esprit said each district has a smaller team comprising the District Medical Officer, the Senior Community Health Nurse, a Community Health Nurse, other nurses and a driver.

“These persons are then responsible for contact tracing, follow-up and surveillance,” she explained.

She said the committee has been sub-divided into two teams: an administrative leg and a mobile sampling field team.

The administrative team is responsible for outgoing patient investigation and care and the mobile sampling field team provides support to “surge capacity.”

“This means that this team is deployed to the relevant district or communities whenever it becomes necessary,” Dr. Esprit indicated. “This enables prompt sampling of all suspects over a shorter period of time.”

She added, “This team is also critical in identifying further contacts.”

The mobile sampling field team comprises a medical doctor, a family nurse practitioner and a registered nurse trained in infection control who will be responsible for staff welfare.

She noted that for ease of administration Primary Healthcare Services has always been subdivided into two administrative regions.

Region 1  comprises the districts of Roseau, Grandbay and St Joseph, while Region includes Portsmouth, Marigot, Castle Bruce and Laplaine.

Dr. Esprit stated that the district administration teams are responsible for providing data on probable or suspected clients, tracking the number of clients identified and sampled and tracking availability of supplies to name a few.

She explained that once a patient is contacted and identified the team is required to take a specimen from each contact, “that is where the swabbing comes in.”

“The samples are then transported to the medical lab ensuring that protocols for transportation of infectious material are maintained,” Dr. Esprit said. “Results are available within 24 to 48 hours.”

The Primary Health Care Director urged the public to cooperate with the officials of the Ministry of Health and to maintain home quarantine when asked to do so.

“We have major challenges, in that many persons have not heeded the instructions of social distancing and self-quarantine and have not taken these recommendations seriously,” Dr. Esprit remarked, pointing out that while the number of patients is in the minority in Dominica, there is a potential for exponential spread and transmission of the disease to most of the population.

“Bear in mind that there are very vulnerable people in our communities who will be negatively impacted and may even die from this highly contagious disease,” Dr. Esprit warned.





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COVID-19: Police break up church gathering in Antigua; church leader to be charged

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Lawmen in Antigua and Barbuda yesterday dispersed a church gathering in a village called Bolans because there were more than 25 members assembled.

In fact, the Jamaican pastor, Uriah Taylor and a deacon were taken into police custody and could possibly be charged.

Last Friday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne declared a state of emergency and ordered a mandatory curfew which officially took effect Saturday night.

For the next two weeks, the nightly curfew will be in place from 8 pm until 6 am and no more than 25 people can be in any social gathering at any one time, including a church.

Police say when they arrived on the scene were met hostile members who tried to restrict the actions of the authority.

Attorney General, Steadroy Benjamin, said the police were sent to put an end to the illegal service and arrested one of the members who was also charged for the battery of a police officer. He is accused of pushing the officer and preventing him from carrying out his duties.

The attorney general stated that despite the advice given by the established churches last week Sunday, he is appalled that this gathering took place. Benjamin urged Antiguans and Barbudans to adhere to the guidelines set out by the government to stop the spread of the coronavirus.

Police Public Relations Officer, Inspector Frankie Thomas, corroborated Benjamin’s account of the events and said that when lawmen arrived at the Bolans New Testament Church of God, they were obstructed during the execution of their duties.

He said the pastor will be charged.

Here’s the video that circulated on social media.

 





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