Opposition Leader Kamla Persad-Bissessar has issued a call for Government to have all stakeholders, inclusive of unions, private sector, business, Opposition and NGOs – work together against the COVID pandemic.
Speaking at UNC’s Monday night forum last night, Persad-Bissessar re-issued her suggestion for all to work together, saying leaders were needed since COVID was a war in itself.
She called on the Prime Minister and said “Let us unite, let’s work together, be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.”
“I call on the government to work with all stakeholders, this is not about blaming or shaming. UNC remains ready to help to serve in the serious situation confronting us,”
Persad-Bissessar said the UNC continues helping people to get support services. She said people who wanted to contribute could contact UNC’s social pages, MPs’ and councillors’ offices and Persad-Bissessar said the UNC was seeking donations – whether in kind, physical appearances or donation of items – to help those in greatest need.
She noted that last year UNC distributed thousands of masks and hampers.
“But we cannot do it alone. I ask for your help. If you can help in any way and we’ll share our plans with you.”
However, during her statements of working together, Persad-Bissessar maintained her criticism of Government’s handling of the vaccine roll-out, in particular their efforts to acquire vaccines.
She said Government had been saying they couldn’t get vaccines but other countries with fewer resources than T&T were getting vaccines.
According to Persad- Bissessar, the current situation facing T&T called for fresh, innovative ideas.