Fri | Oct 15, 2021

Letter of the Day | It is serious times, wake up!

Published:Wednesday | September 15, 2021 | 12:07 AM

THE EDITOR, Madam:

Jamaica is in serious times. We are currently fighting crime and the monster called COVID-19.

Some of our children are being left behind. The education ministry said that more than 120,000 students across Jamaica have been absent from classes in the last year, as teaching becomes accessible primarily online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our senior citizens are dying. In 2020, Ministry of Health and Wellness data showed that the coronavirus death rate was 28.6 per cent for persons aged 80-90; 26 per cent for the cohort between 70 and 79; and 12 per cent in the 60-69 age group.

Today, younger persons are also dying, but regarding the elderly and the children, there will now be a void in Jamaica’s future, as over 120,000 children will no longer know or have an appreciation for our culture because only few of our homes will have grandparents. Our grandparents were the unofficial ‘civics’ class. What does this mean for crime and violence in Jamaica?

OUR HOSPITALS

If our family members visit the hospitals with an emergency, they have to sit on chairs for days before getting a bed, which further compounds the issue of COVID-19 spreading. If the patient has contracted the virus, they are isolated with the possibility of dying without ever seeing their loved ones, and non-emergency surgeries are being put off to an undecided date. These will have devastating effects on Jamaica. We are in serious times.

THE VACCINE

The health ministry should have scheduled dates for the elderly to take their vaccines, being that they are in the high-risk group. They are currently waiting too long to be vaccinated with everyone else.

COVID-19 has become a crime and the vaccine will have to be mandatory. Until it hits home, we will never agree on this matter.

DOCTORS AND NURSES

Our doctors and nurses have become even more overworked and exhausted. Who can really blame them? This, too, will have a ripple effect on patient care. Some patients will be left behind and only the fittest of patients will survive.

Jamaica is, indeed, in serious times.

MALICIA MALCOLM