Mottley suggests Ebola site be put in St Lucy

Opposition Leader Mia Mottley has suggested that the former temporary prison at Harrison’s Point in St Lucy may be the island’s best bet in terms of an isolation centre to treat victims of Ebola and other infectious diseases.

She made the suggestion during a BLP branch meeting in St Peter last night at which she strongly criticised Prime Minister Freundel Stuart for his silence to date                      on the matter.

Mottley told party faithful that Stuart needs to follow the examples of world leaders such President Barack Obama of the United States and address the nation on the threat of this dreaded disease.

Mia Mottley
Mia Mottley

“The worst thing that can happen in any country is panic . . . One of the things that most leaders understand is that panic emerges when there is both incompetence and a vacuum of information,” she told those gathered in the Alexandra School auditorium.

“We are still waiting for the Prime Minister of Barbados to let us know that he is the driver still in charge, and that his government, not the Ministry of Health – because the nature of Ebola is that it is not a Ministry of Health problem alone – but that his government is undertaking a range of actions on which Barbadians can rely and have a level of confidence that we are minimising our exposure to what is this dreaded disease that has killed thousands of people [around the globe].

“It is unacceptable for the Prime Minister to have remained silent thus far, and we call upon him  to speak to his people,” she stressed.

During her address, Mottley also zeroed in on the concerns raised by parents of children attending the Ursuline Convent School, who are totally opposed to the establishment of a treatment unit for Ebola and other infectious diseases at Enmore, which is next door to the school.

In supporting the parents on the issue, Mottley said she fully understood their current state of unease.

“If you have a disease that drives fear in the hearts of human beings across the world, are you going to take the one physical measure that you make and put it next to a school of the most of the most vulnerable, namely your children?” she asked.

Dismissing cost as the reason for locating the centre at Enmore, she warned that the psychological impact on parents should have been considered.

“You must know that the one thing to motivate a man or a woman is the protection of their children,” she said, while likening the urgency presented by the threat of Ebola to the 2005 fire at Glendairy Prisons when she was attorney general and minister of home affairs.

“We had in less than 24 hours to make a decision where to put, not four beds, but 1,200 people, that could affect equally the lives and security of Barbadian households. We made a decision to carry them where they would least affect any community.

“We took them to Harrison’s Point [in St Lucy], because the perimeter of Harrison’s Point, once you drive in, is the sea, and the size of the property is such that you have a good distance from the buildings to the fencing.”

While ruling out her party offering advice to Government because such counsel had not been accepted in the past, Mottley said, “I’m speaking to the parents at the Ursuline Convent who have a vested interest in speaking to the Government, and who need to represent to the Government that there can be no logical explanation that can calm our nerves because even medical workers in the removal of their suits have proven that they are most vulnerable to this disease.

“And that whether it is Harrison’s Point or some other location, you need to carry an isolation centre where it will least impact on Barbadian communities and particularly Barbadian children,” she said.

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11 Responses to Mottley suggests Ebola site be put in St Lucy

  1. Latoya Shakera Belle
    Latoya Shakera Belle October 21, 2014 at 1:30 am

    I agree from the get go I said that center should be I’m St. Lucy m thank u Mia Mottley

  2. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley October 21, 2014 at 1:30 am

    Motley is a bit late in her comment, people were suggesting this 10 days ago !!

  3. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett October 21, 2014 at 5:04 am

    Oh boy!!!! Who think for the Dlp admin?you mean none of them have brains?listen to the cries of our people its important!!!!!!!

  4. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes October 21, 2014 at 5:22 am

    Make sure training and protocols start now. Don’t be running around like a chicken with its hesd cut off..

  5. Latoya Willoughby-Brathwaite
    Latoya Willoughby-Brathwaite October 21, 2014 at 6:24 am

    The way them going ebola will get here with no place to call home. GET IT RIGHT BARBADOS GOVERNMENT. THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. GEEEZEEEEE

  6. Lucia Aniela Parris
    Lucia Aniela Parris October 21, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Schupse— ye Cuz people north of sunset crest don’t matter — leave it right where it is — can’t believe she made such a retarded comment! I rly expected better from an educated and prominent person.

  7. Ouida Burnham
    Ouida Burnham October 21, 2014 at 9:48 am

    It has to be some where what,s the fuss are we not all bajans don,t we all belong to the Almighty?He is the answer to every thing plus a lot of use to say that GOD is a bajan what has happen to that saying has it gone through the window? Where is the faith have we lost it ?this is why I always say we need to get back to GOD have a nice day ,

  8. Rickie Nurse October 21, 2014 at 10:20 am

    I am one of the many Bajans you were saying from early, if an Isolation Unit for Ebola is to be set up, it should be at Harrison Point, a real isolated area and not in a urban area.
    How can the Opposition Leader be a bit late with her comment, when the Prime Minister has not spoken one single word at all to this date. Maybe as usual he’s asleep.

  9. Rommel Jordan
    Rommel Jordan October 21, 2014 at 12:37 pm

    wa d woman saying is true

  10. Patrick Blackman October 21, 2014 at 1:18 pm

    It doesn’t matter where you put the isolation center, what matters is the level of training and awareness the health professionals manning the center have and the capacity of the center to contain the virus. This level of ignorance is really contagious now. Why would anyone in their right mind listen to this FOOL MIA.


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