By Kurt Campbell
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Alliance for Change (AFC) says it continues to be disappointed with the performance of the local health and security sectors; pointing to several shortcomings that have failed to be met with successful solutions.
This pronouncement by the Party was made ahead of anticipated presentations to be made by the subject Ministers on the performance of the sectors. But despite this, the AFC in its assessment believes the sectors continue to perform inadequately, thereby failing the Guyanese public.
AFC Parliamentarian Catherine ‘Cathy’ Hughes told Reporters during a press conference yesterday, (Thursday, December 18), that she is specifically disenchanted with high incidents of maternal deaths Guyana records annually and the lack of medical equipment at regional hospitals and health centers.
On this note, she recalled the death of a baby recently, under questionable circumstances, after the mother was allegedly turned away from a regional hospital because of lack of equipment.
“People are dying under questionable circumstances all across the country and it is not an exception anymore, it is happening all the time,” Hughes said; adding that “the other area we are concerned about is the security sector.”
The AFC MP pointed out daily reports of interpersonal violence in the Guyanese society is not only too high but has reached unbelievable proportions.
She questioned what is really being done by the Minister with responsibility for security, Clement Rohee.
“What has Rohee and the administration of the Police Force done differently to handle or prevent these situations?… I am not aware of specific designs that were implemented in communities with high incidents.”
Hughes reminded of recent utterances by Rohee; labeling the AFC a “force ripe Party”; but said its membership could not be bothered since it is busy doing critical work to help persons who suffer from police and medical abandonment.