Leader of the Opposition Patrick Faber has alleged corruption in the Ministry of Health as it relates to the acquisition of Covid-19 testing kits. Faber made the announcement during a press conference held this afternoon.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Opposition Leader: I am told that there is now a list of designated places that you can get a rapid test and I am told as well that the government has now taken control of it, which is not necessarily a bad thing except that we see early signs of corruption already rearing its head in this ordeal. You see in order to import the test and to administer the test at certain institutions you have to now go and get permission from the Ministry of Health and Wellness and I’m reliably informed that the games have already begun where only friends and cronies are allowed to import the tests so that these tests can be administered across the country through certain institutions. Those details are still coming to me and once we get them, well it doesn’t seem to matter it is now very evident that the People’s United Party as my colleague the Honorable Tracy Taegar in the last House meeting went at great pains to point out, this party is about nepotistic opportunities and it abounds freely apparently everybody’s friends, brother, sister, aunty, uncle are able to benefit and when it comes down to the basics as the Honorable Shyne Barrow said there is not enough for everyone.”
Faber went on to speak on the non-existent plan or strategy by the Briceno administration when it comes to addressing the Covid-19 situation in Belize. As a matter of fact, the opposition leader went as far as alluding to the doctoring of the Covid-19 rates.
Hon. Patrick Faber, Opposition Leader: “We see where the claim is made that in fact the numbers are improving with COVID and of course we all are very skeptical, we see more people dying than ever before and we look at those numbers very skeptically when we see them coming out on a daily basis because of their way of pronouncing somebody recovered from COVID; after fourteen days or maybe it’s less ? Ten to twelve days I believe they said then you no longer are able to transmit COVID-19 they miraculously deem you to be cured and I do not dispute that in fact in some corners this is accepted practice but in our view this contributes to painting an unrealistic picture of what the situation is with COVID-19 and may well be helping to contribute to the spread. As I signaled in the House of Representatives at the time of the adjournment much of what is there, and this is really what I can’t understand and I make the point again that our fight against COVID-19 really ought to be a bipartisan effort it is not the government alone but the Minister of Health and Wellness takes it to a new level and every chance he gets to politicize the fight and to say what plans the UDP when we were in government did not have. Well we’ve seen where in fact most of what – except the wrong way to institute the curfew, everything that they have done pretty much copied or continued works begun by the United Democratic Party and that includes the rolling out of these rapid tests that have done and procured from the time the UDP was there.”