Minister of Health, Senator Mary Issac has heaped a mountain of praise onto the Saint Lucian public amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
In a letter from the Minister’s office, she was quoted saying, “I want to say “Thank You” to the citizens of Saint Lucia as we continue to manage the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the last few weeks, we have seen a steady decline in our number of new COVID-19 cases, since the upsurge we saw in January and February.”
The minister attributed this decline to support of the citizenry to the efforts of the Ministry of Health and Wellness and the Government of Saint Lucia, by observing the protocols – washing hands, wearing masks and social distancing.
According to the letter “the road to get here has not been an easy one. The Command Centre, the Ministry of Health and the Government of Saint Lucia had to make some tough decisions in putting strict protocols in place, especially a stricter curfew over the recent Easter weekend. We know that by our very nature we are sociable people and that sacrifice over Easter was not an easy one. It has now been just over 14 days since the Easter period and based on the observed declining trend in the number of new COVID-19 cases, the actions we took at that time to limit the spread of COVID-19 is paying off for our country. It goes to show what we can achieve when we work together.”
The numbers according to the Minister is encouraging citing that “at the Ministry of Health, we are encouraged by the declining number of new COVID-19 cases and we want to call on the public to continue working with us as we strive to return our country to some level of social and economic normalcy. Our goal is to get our nation’s active COVID-19 cases to under 50, and we know we can decrease it even further with your help. This will allow us to reopen more sectors that have been affected by the implementation of the needed public health measures.”
The letter concluded by saying that “as a Government, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation and look forward to the steady drop in the number of new and active COVID-19 cases. We must thank the public for their great sacrifice that contributes to the success in the management of this COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for practising the protocols and helping to keep all of us safe.”