Minister of Health Terrence Deyalsingh
By Prior Beharry
IF Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar hates the People’s National Movement Government of Trinidad and Tobago, she should not hate its people.
This was the statement of the Minister Terrence Deyalsingh at the virtual news conference of his ministry of Monday.
He was responding to reports that Persad-Bissessar, a former prime minister of T&T, has written to India Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for Covid-19 vaccines.
Deyalsingh noted the Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley has already written to Modi on the issue and the Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs Dr Amery Browne was also in contact with his counterpart in the Asian country.
The health minister said Dr Browne and himself have also spoken to the Indian High Commissioner to T&T Arun Kumar Sahu.
Deyalsingh said all diplomatic channels have been engaged in this matter to get Covid-19 vaccines to T&T.
He said, “And for a former prime minister to characterise this country as reeling from the virus really is not helpful.
“It is the same Opposition that is accusing local companies; and that is why we have to put out this press release that no local company is involved in the acquisition of the vaccines through the COVAX facility.”
Deyalsingh added, “You may hate the government but don’t hate T&T we want vaccines here. Please be a part of the solution and not part of the problem.”
He said a seven-day rolling average of five Covid-19 cases does not mean that T&T was reeling from the virus.
Deyalsingh said, “I am so disappointed that as a former prime minister she would seek to characterise the country like that. You may hate the government by don’t hate the T&T.”
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