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Dominicans urged to stand up for fairness and equality to ‘regain control’ of their country

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UWP leader, Lennox Linton

Leader of the United Workers’ Party (UWP), Lennox Linton, has called on Dominicans to stand up in defense of fairness and equality, in order to rescue and regain control of Dominica.

In his New Year’s address, on Tuesday, the Opposition Leader, encouraged citizens to learn from the events of 2019, which he dubbed “the year that bore witness to the most powerful confirmation yet that citizens have lost control of their country.”

“Saving Dominica, rescuing its soul from the clutches of evil is a collective responsibility hoisted on individual courage to stand up, persevere, and win. So speak, be heard; stand for right in the face of wrong. Don’t lie, don’t cheat, don’t steal, and don’t turn a blind eye, a deaf ear or sealed lips when others, especially leadership, seek to make lying cheating and stealing their formula of choice to enrich themselves on the back of poor, suffering people. Don’t just stand aside and look while a privileged few turn our disadvantaged, struggling Nature Island people against their right to a fair share of the riches with which God has blessed our isle of beauty,” Linton urged. “Recognize your uniqueness, embrace the power of your humanity, leverage these blessings in carrying out your responsibility to help take back control of Dominica from the few whose greed and lust for power drive them to demonize and rip apart the patriots who stand for the best Dominica for all Dominicans.”

He cited “rising poverty; gallop in dependency; the pain of low wages and salaries; the hopelessness of increasing joblessness; healthcare in crisis; independence surrendered to foreign interests, using their corrupt local enablers to seize control of billions of dollars in the sale of the people’s passport; chronic disrespect for the constitution, and willful disobedience to the rule of law by the head of government; persecution, harassment and victimization of political opponents—an unrelenting war on the right to dissent… perversion of democracy; subversion of the will of the people; the savage assault on truth” as some outrageous events in 2019.

The UWP leader also spoke of the changes needed by the public in order to “defeat their oppressors, with effective people-centered governance of their affairs.”

“The need of our time is not circular, never-ending blame games, nor is it a fixation with leadership skills, competencies or suitability; it is not even a change of government,” he said. “The need of our time, going into 2020, is a political system of the people, by the people, that works for the people by getting them out of this never-ending struggle to survive, this continuous exclusion, marginalization and injustice.”

As we enter the new year, Linton asked that citizens be mindful of the language and content used in discussions pertaining to the current socio-political climate.

Click here to watch video of the full address of the UWP leader.





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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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