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Minister of Health and Wellness, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic.

Bostic salutes medical practitioners

ON Sunday evening, Lt. Col. Jeffrey Bostic saluted the efforts of the health practitioners of Barbados in their assistance in fighting the spread of COVID-19.

Bostic, the Minister of Health and Wellness, highlighted the battle which the medical fraternity has been waging day and night during a streamed statement.

“Our health practitioners are working over and beyond that which could have been imagined six months ago. I want to take this opportunity to publicly applaud and salute those medical practitioners and other trained personnel in private practice, who have stepped forward and volunteered their services to assist in every aspect and at every stage of this journey,” said Bostic.

The health minister thanked them for their service, saying whether it was with manning the hotlines or assisting with the management and delivery of patient care at the quarantine and isolation centers, volunteer care-givers have been there to lend their knowledge and experience.

“For this, we are eternally grateful. As such, I wish to single out the Barbados Association of Medical Practitioners, in particular, for their constructive and consistent guidance and assistance in helping us to manage this current wave,” said the minister.

Bostic also announced that the total vaccines administered were over 16,100 as of midday on Sunday and Barbados was moving swiftly along with the hope of vaccinating 20,000 by the end of this week. The minister however asked for the co-operation of the nation to not rush the vaccination centres. He stated that while he appreciated that there was a new and aggressive interest in and desire to become vaccinated, the vaccination programme is being rolled out in a very structured and deliberate way with the focus to date on frontline and essential workers, and the most vulnerable in the population.

“There is no need for you to show up at centres without appointments and wait in the sun for hours. We are currently contacting many of you who would have called the hotlines and signed up for the vaccine. Those of you with appointments will be given priority at the vaccination centres. So if you do not have an appointment, but you still want to ‘pop by’ a centre and ‘try a ting’, I caution you to know and understand that during this week, those with appointments, as well as the elderly and those with known vulnerabilities, will be attended to first,” Bostic said.

The health minister outlined that there were still 40,000-plus vaccines to administer from this first shipment and he was supremely confident that before this current supply was exhausted, Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley would cause another shipment to arrive on island, which would cater to an even larger number of residents.

“Rest assured that there will be no shortage of vaccines in Barbados. But please, let us be orderly and allow the most exposed and the most vulnerable to be vaccinated first,” Bostic urged. (AS)

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