Health Politics

Deep Frustration at the Stormont’s Confused Handling of the Covid Crisis. -Aontu

Aontú  Derry East Representative Gemma Brolly has stated that there is much frustration arising throughout the country at the confused handling by Stormont of the Covid crisis.

Gemma Brolly said;

“As cases increase in the north of Ireland and increasing pressure comes on our health service Sinn Féin and the SDLP now seek to introduce a policy that does not work. Why is Stormont seeking to introduce the Covid Pass when everyone now agrees that it does not stop the transmission of Covid? The vaccine helps reduce the damage of the Covid in terms of illness, hospitalization, mortality and morbidity. Without it the illness would be wreaking far more damage through society. But the vaccine does not stop transmission. Introducing it will not stop transmission. This can be seen very clearly from the surge in the South.”

“Citizens are being kept in the dark. Its increasingly difficult to get regular updates on numbers of daily cases who are asymptotic, the numbers with serious illness and the numbers who are vaccinated. We need to know more details of where these cases are from. How many are health care workers, how many are from Nursing Homes, Hospitals and Residential Care Facilities. We need to know when will all Health Care Workers be boosted”.

“One of the major frustrations has been Stormont’s approach to Antigen Testing. Why is Stormont still refusing to use antigen testing in the proper manner given that its the best way to tell if a person is Covid free and it does not discriminate? Countries who have used testing successfully such as Denmark to keep the illness suppressed have done so by testing before entry into hospitality. We are still miles way from that here i  the north. I have no doubt that the Stormont Executive will be dragged kicking and screaming to doing this in the end, however it maybe too late by the time they do.”


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