For a second consecutive day Trinidad and Tobago has witnessed a manufactured disaster at the hands of Health Minister Terrence Deyalsingh.
After Wednesday’s super spreader vaccination event the Minister apologised and said a new alphabetical system would be used.
The impression was given that the elderly with the surnames A-E can visit a health centre today and receive their vaccines.
At no time did the Minister indicate that only 50 jabs would be available.
Today, another nightmare unfolded as our elderly came out in their numbers and again were chased away.
In my own constituency of Siparia I received reports of many being turned away at the Siparia District Health Facility.
The elderly stood in lines for two and three hours only to be told that there is a limit on vaccines.
Why expose the most vulnerable to the virus?
Why is such cruelty being inflicted on our elderly?
Why can’t the Government admit that it is unable to handle the management of this pandemic on its own and accept help?
It is unconscionable, reckless, heartless and irresponsible for Minister Deyalsingh to treat people in this manner and continue defiantly walking on a failed path.
It also illogical and downright foolish to allocate 50 vaccines per health centre thereby vaccinating a mere 1800 elderly people a day when a proper plan can be implemented with the assistance of the Opposition and stakeholders to have mass vaccinations in a shorter time frame.
Every day we are recording double digit Covid-19 deaths of mostly our elderly population and Minister Deyalsingh must be held accountable.
I repeat Terrence Deyalsingh must go.
Prime Minister Dr Keith Rowley must rein in his Minister and take control of the Health Ministry himself or replace him with someone who is competent.
Kamla Persad-Bissessar, SC, MP
Leader of the Opposition