No need to panic

Minister of Health John Boyce is urging the public not to panic even as the south coast sewage crisis continues.
Boyce said the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) and the Ministry of Health have implemented short-term measures to tackle the crisis.
“We have to be concerned but we need not panic in these circumstances,” Boyce told members of the media at his Christ Church South constituency office on Saturday.
On Friday BWA Rapid Response and Communications Manager Joyann Haigh reported that there had been no effluent on the streets for the week and disclosed temporary measures taken for restaurants and businesses that have been affected by the year-long sewage problem.
Providing a further update on the progress made by the Ministry of Health and the BWA, Boyce said that the BWA  was taking the necessary measures to mitigate the problem. He revealed that the BWA would be installing CCTV cameras to detect the conditions of the sewers.
“Having got the situation into a satisfactorily dry environment, we now have at the technical level to insert visual camera equipment that can help us to see exactly what is happening in these areas,” the Minister of Health said while adding that the next step was to identify the area of greatest damage.
Responding to concerns raised nationally about the quality of the tap water or potable water and the nearshore water on the island, Minister Boyce said there was no need for alarm.
“The potable water has been monitored and there is no cause for alarm,” Boyce said.
He also disclosed that based on investigations conducted in November and December, the quality of water on the beaches remain safe.
With the United States, Canada and Britain issuing health advisories urging their citizens to take the necessary precautions along the south coast stretch, Boyce said that the next course of action was to “demonstrate to the countries involved . . . that the corrections are in place and all is well”.
Making reference to the 35 reported cases of gastroenteritis publicized last week, the Health Minister said that there have been no more reported cases but he urged private doctors to report all cases of suspected gastroenteritis to the Ministry.
“We are not saying nay to any of the experiences which Barbadians or visitors to Barbados may share but I feel duty bound to bring that level of assurance to the Barbadian public that these situations are monitored,” Boyce said.

47 Responses to No need to panic

  1. Canadian tourist January 14, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Installing cctv cameras only demonstrates that they still don’t know what the problem is, let alone how to fix it. Sorry health minister, we aren’t buying what you are trying to sell, it reeks.

    • Another Canadian tourist! January 14, 2018 at 1:35 pm

      So true…I will not be going anywhere near the south coast until this mess is finally solved. What has happened to the fecal matter that was spewing out onto the road?? Did it just vanish into thin, it contaminated the soil and when it rains, it washes to the sea..SMH!!! Not rocket science folks!!!

  2. Eve Watts
    Eve Watts January 14, 2018 at 10:11 am

    These does get pay to talk RH? ?? Who dem really fooling ?????

  3. Ryan Bayne
    Ryan Bayne January 14, 2018 at 10:22 am

    Joke of the Day.

  4. Alex Alleyne January 14, 2018 at 10:29 am

    We ain’t , not at all , we done know elections coming soon and hopefully most if not all of you clowns will be gone. Some where Sprouting potatoes or cutting canes.

    • hcalndre January 14, 2018 at 2:40 pm

      @Alex Alleyne; are you joking when you spoke of them sprouting potatoes and cutting grass after 10 year as a politician in Barbados? you can bet that they don`t have to do another day`s work in their lives, if you see any one of them scrunting again, something went terribly wrong, do the math and see what 10 years at xyz per year should be, you would never get it right.

  5. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd January 14, 2018 at 10:33 am


    • Patrick-BiBi Patrick
      Patrick-BiBi Patrick January 14, 2018 at 2:53 pm

      Are the beaches beautiful or not? can we swim or not? is it clean or not

  6. Desmond Edwards
    Desmond Edwards January 14, 2018 at 10:34 am

    After 100 days…dont panic ……guys…we are working on….. Bet they dont and bathe in the ….f…… Sea now…… These people well….. X marks the spot

  7. Lorenzo January 14, 2018 at 10:35 am

    Well it is about time we heard from one of these paid Ministers.Lately it seems as if Mr Halliday is the Minister of Drainage as he is at least present to speak on these issues ,although he would have arrived in the scene late.The question to be asked is where is The Minister Dr Estwick,Dr Lowe and The PM,why are we not hearing from them and have any of them visited the South Coast as yet to hear and commiserate with the residents and visitors.

  8. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews January 14, 2018 at 10:43 am

    Call the Election already ,tomorrow ya’ll will have been the Government for 10 years, And nothing is better than when you all took power in 2008

    • Ryan Bayne
      Ryan Bayne January 14, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Wow! I can’t believe it is that time already.
      It is a decade in hell with Dems in power.

  9. Steve Duncan January 14, 2018 at 10:56 am

    I will tell the over 20 people I know that are sick not to panic , foolbert

  10. Michael Crichlow
    Michael Crichlow January 14, 2018 at 10:59 am

    It is getting to the point , where reading the obituaries or listening to these nincompoops is a toss up

  11. Peter Lowe
    Peter Lowe January 14, 2018 at 11:03 am

    Tell that to the 3 big countries where most of the tourists comes from who issue advisories to their citizens

  12. Mike January 14, 2018 at 11:09 am

    Thanks to Lowe and Estwick Barbados is now a bona fide SH Country and we can add it to Trump’ s list of countries

    • milli watt January 14, 2018 at 3:08 pm

      @ Mike……….an astute observation

  13. Rhonda Mayers
    Rhonda Mayers January 14, 2018 at 11:23 am

    I can’t understand something really wrong with DEM heads

  14. Kaiser Sose
    Kaiser Sose January 14, 2018 at 11:27 am

    Wow no one takes responsibilty for mash ups under they watch. You are just like Bumble Stewart sorry and feckless! Hmm but sorry aas birds flock together my bad to expect better is wishful thinking on my part. Goibe on the south coast and then say that until the problem is fixed.

  15. Patrick-BiBi Patrick
    Patrick-BiBi Patrick January 14, 2018 at 1:03 pm

    Are the beaches beautiful or not? can we swim or not? is it clean or not

  16. Alex Alleyne January 14, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    It is said that the DLP on the way to the CEMETERY and BLP coming with the GRAVY TRAIN.
    Many of the “feathered stock” jumping ship and looking to cash in on a “piece of the pie”.
    POLITICS still one of the “high paying LEGAL JOB” in the world that you don’t have to sit an exam. You just go to the people and promise every thing under the sun of which you know you can never deliver.

  17. Tony Webster January 14, 2018 at 1:52 pm

    He was talking to his “base”…just like that “very stable genius” in the White House, and for the same reason.

  18. Carolyn Nurse January 14, 2018 at 1:54 pm

    Can we introduce the queen as the same keep it in her family all goodness in line Can we keep this Christian Bim what it’s supposed to be C.Nurse

  19. Derek Gale
    Derek Gale January 14, 2018 at 2:23 pm

    It has been suggested to sue the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) according to a precedent, by social activist David Comissiong in a news story via The Nation Barbados newspaper. However, Comissiong stated that businesses along the stretch of the South Coast are affected by the sewage spilling into the streets and the matter should taken matter to the High Court in Barbados. So I am not knocked for six that Great Britain, America, Canada and other countries have issued a travel health advisory to their citizens travelling to Barbados. Hence without question this crisis is an extremely grave catastrophe if foreign countries should a health travel advisory to its citizens on Barbados.

  20. hcalndre January 14, 2018 at 2:49 pm

    I would like to know which Lab and who done the water test and what was the readings, not fooling I. its water you`re dealing with.

  21. Paz Tiempo
    Paz Tiempo January 14, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Who still believes anything these politrickcians say?

  22. milli watt January 14, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    Minister what exactly you do that has brought the relief…… tell the people

  23. Colin Carter
    Colin Carter January 14, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    John gotta do better no talk just do

  24. Jerry January 14, 2018 at 3:36 pm

    My partner and his wife ate at Tapas and they spent the last 7 days on the toilet with Gastro. He was here to source potential sites for a 120 room hotel.they left today still sick. How can he ever advise his clients to invest their money in Barbados. This Government did nothing for 3 years. They just keep t telling lies thinking that we are stupid and gullible . They are ruining this beautiful Island for many years to come. May God Almighty deliver up from their evil and destructive ways .

  25. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba January 14, 2018 at 4:06 pm


  26. Alex Alleyne January 14, 2018 at 4:13 pm

    Some must get a Law suit coming and some people must get fired.
    It is as simple as that. No way out of this mess other wise.
    Cant wait.

  27. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt January 14, 2018 at 4:39 pm

    So u still going n the sea?

  28. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt January 14, 2018 at 4:40 pm

    Cause wunna think people is idiots

  29. Reds Lucombe
    Reds Lucombe January 14, 2018 at 8:59 pm

    no messy streets because the poo water must have found another route somewhere else just waiting for the next overflow

  30. Belfast January 14, 2018 at 9:08 pm

    Notice that the Minister of Health only came out to address the nation via his constituency meeting, after there was a relief of sorts, on the South Coast sewerage system.
    A pat on the back for gross inefficiency. Jokers Unlimited.

  31. luther thorne January 14, 2018 at 11:40 pm

    It seems these lads in the Govt dont really care.
    Bloody airheads

  32. Sheldine Dyall
    Sheldine Dyall January 15, 2018 at 12:07 am

    He went to speak therapy and now learn how to talk

  33. Star Wood
    Star Wood January 15, 2018 at 12:56 am

    Looka this fool stupse

  34. Helen Juanita Lynch January 15, 2018 at 5:24 am

    @John Boyce“Having got the situation into a satisfactorily dry environment.”

    Question for the Minister:

    Isn’t dry “jobby” just as infectious as wet “jobby”?

  35. Ralph W Talma January 15, 2018 at 6:35 am

    At last, some progress seems to have been made.

  36. Diane Dias
    Diane Dias January 15, 2018 at 6:41 am

    35 reported cases of gastro. That number is much higher. I didn’t go to a doctor when I had mine, and I know alot of people didn’t as well. I had eaten from a restaurant in Lanterns on Boxing Day ,by the next day , I had it. Ate crackers and drank ginger ale. And I am sure alot of others did the same. So I think that number is actually much higher.

  37. Richard Johnston January 15, 2018 at 9:55 am

    He’ll let you know when to panic.

  38. jrsmith January 15, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    What is the fact , the present government /politicians don’t really care that’s why they are not really trying to put a permanent fix on the sewage problem,, they chance of getting back in power gets slimmer every day and they want to leave office with nothing working ,to past on to a new government…….
    They are horrible people ,that’s hurting and destroying Barbados ..
    So any morning bajans could wake up to the fact the sewage system has failed again.. temporary fix………That’s what this government is all about………..

  39. Pete Howarth
    Pete Howarth January 15, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Not good enough


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