Sep 20, 2021 Letters
I am grateful that I can get back into meaningful writing. Now, the first issue that I would like to address is the present debacle between the Government of Guyana and a slew of trade unions, and instrumentalities of the PNC, over the vaccination policy of the ruling administration.
They are up in arms against the government’s policy to have the nation vaccinated against the dreaded coronavirus disease. That motley crew is of the opinion that this vaccination, instead of being a lifesaving measure, would kill people. Quite an insane view when you analyse it in its entirety; yet, it has gained traction in some quarters here, to the point of inciting violent protests. The rallying call by the ragtag bunch is “My body, My choice” in total defiance to the lifesaving vaccination programme promoted by Government. So, it seems that there is likely to be an impasse in the coming days and months ahead between government and opposition.
Now, the “My body, My choice” has nothing to do with a vaccine, rather it sounds more like campaign rhetoric of the Opposition, because while they are making that political statement, people are dying of coronavirus, which is worrying to all concerned. You cannot make bland statements of “My body, My choice” and a blunt no to the vaccine when you have no alternative solution to the pandemic. It is certainly irresponsible and foolish to make that assumption to a dying nation. So, the question remains why make those statements when you have no substantive alternatives? It behooves me to conclude that their motive is to create fear and instability in our country, something that is wicked and subversive to say the least.
At this juncture, I must bring this pertinent fact to the attention of the Opposition. Fact number (1): it is the Government’s responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of its citizens at all times. Fact number (2): it is also the responsibility of the Government to ensure that the nation’s children are educated, two basic and relevant duties of any government. Therefore, no opposing forces should interfere with those sacred responsibilities of the ruling party.
In that regard, I have viewed the Opposition’s conduct as wicked and dangerous because APNU politicians have all taken the vaccine, including Granger himself, yet they are preying on the fears of their gullible supporters saying otherwise. It is now pellucid, that the PNC is still looking here and there in every conceivable corner to make trouble ever since it lost the election.
Our nation’s kids have been out of meaningful instruction since March 2020, many of whom can be seen all over the place – without a face mask, of course – flouting all COVID-19 protocols, they are not dying from the virus. However, since the call has been made for them to go back to school, the asinine assault looms high on the Opposition’s agenda that they will suddenly die from the virus. If this is not the epitome of stupidity and backwardness, then what is? What I dare say without fear of contradiction is that there seems to be a move on to generate a gene pool of illiterate and backward children in our country to whom they can call upon in times of protest. But that is not going to happen because of the erudite and forward-thinking government that is in place. The government cannot be derailed in its effort to bring this pandemic under control.
In closing, I call upon all Guyanese all across this great country to repudiate all statements and actions of those opposed to the vaccination programme. COVID-19 is not a political matter, neither is it a joke. The pandemic is real, a disease that has sent many of our friends and loved ones to the great beyond, therefore, it is our bounding duty to at least cooperate with the Government and bring this deadly disease to its final end.
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