NASSAU, BAHAMAS — The Democratic Nationwide Alliance (DNA) yesterday criticized the just lately introduced Nationwide COVID-19 Vaccine Consultative Committee as missing key healthcare stakeholders.
On Sunday, the Workplace of the Prime Minister revealed the committee members, amongst whom are well-known public well being pioneer Dr Merceline Dahl-Regis, Dr Danny Davis of the Ministry of Well being, quite a lot of stakeholders from the private and non-private sectors in addition to neighborhood and non secular leaders.
However the DNA, in an announcement, known as that these appointments “disappointing”.
“It’s disappointing that appointments to the committee [were] not inclusive of key stakeholders inside the healthcare business,” the assertion learn.
“This exhibits the dearth of respect and regard for Bahamian professionals typically and the native doctor neighborhood particularly.
“In keeping with the press launch, there aren’t any official representatives from the Medical Affiliation, Advisor Doctor Workers Affiliation, Docs’ Union, Nurses’ Union, Pharmaceutical Affiliation and/or the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation, amongst others.
“We perceive that key stakeholders within the healthcare sector had been knowledgeable concerning the committee on the similar time of the press launch. That is unacceptable and is a public slight in opposition to consultants who want to contribute to the decision-making course of.”
The DNA famous the significance of the nation working collectively to beat the COVID-19 pandemic, warning there will probably be “critical penalties if we don’t get it proper”.
“We implore the federal government to rectify this oversight or ill-advised choice as quickly as potential,” it urged.
The opposite members of the committee are: Ed Fields, director of enterprise improvement, Nassau Cruise Port Ltd (deputy chair); Stephanie Dean; Carrol Sands, Lowe’s Wholesale Drug Company;
Bishop Delton Fernander, president, Bahamas Christian Council; Archdeacon Keith Cartwright, St Agnes Parish; Dr Marcela Elliott-Ferguson, PhD, College of The Bahamas; Viana Gardiner, COO, Prime Minister’s Supply Unit, Workplace of the Prime Minister; and Erica Wells-Cox, director of communications, Workplace of the Prime Minister.