The dictionary tells us that
incompetence is defined as wanting adequate powers, unable to function, grossly
deficient in ability for one's work.
In the estimates for 2003 we gave the
minister of health 2.4 Billion dollars and we gave the Public Hospital,
Georgetown 1.8 Billion dollars to take care of our health.
In this country the life expectancy rate
is 63 years, in Barbados it is
72 years in Trinidad it is 70
years. The average Barbadian can live nearly 10 years longer than the average
Guyanese simply because he has access to better medical facilities and his
surroundings are cleaner,
There are only two countries in this
hemisphere which has an HIV infection rate which qualifies for monies under the
US's initiative to help
countries with an infection rate of higher of 3% of total population. Only Guyana and Haiti qualify. Out Minister and our President proudly stood there a few
days ago and accepted the US's aid for their own total incompetence, since this
is one thing that cannot be blamed on anything or anyone else; we became the
second highest infected nation in this hemisphere [apart from Haiti] under this
incompetent PPP government. They can't blame this on the 28 years, the marching
and the civil unrest. But think about it ladies and gentlemen Jagdeo and
Ramsammy stood there with our new US ambassador and accepted this 5-6 Million US dollars because they have failed us completely in the fight against
AIDS, and they did it with pride. Have we no shame? Were I president I would
have sent Collimore or Shadik to collect it, I certainly was not going to do it.
Our ministry of Health costs us 2.4
Billion dollars a year and the PHG 1.8 Billion dollars per year this is a total
of 4.2 Billion dollars, what is this money being spent on? Apart from doing the
usual PPP nonsense of building new buildings, so that the Minister of Health,
the permanent secretaries and the contractors can have a good payday from the kickbacks.
Rebuilding these buildings does not improve
health services. It is corrupt practice to award contracts to build inferior
structures and the top boys split the take. I don't have to prove it anymore
every Guyanese knows what I say is the truth. So now the commentaries can get
shorter since the basic lessons of the other commentaries have established the
principles under which we operate. Now all I have to tell you are the facts on
a particular situation and you will fit it into the context of the philosophy
of the overall structure of the commentaries.
Tonight I am going to crave your
indulgence, since this is a matter which concerns me personally but it is also
a matter that concerns us all, in a very fundamental way. In less than 12
months I have gotten Dengue fever twice, this second time it was accompanied by
pneumonia and has incapacitated me for almost two and half months. There is not
supposed to be dengue on the coast, there is not supposed to be malaria on the
coast, there is not supposed to be typhoid on the coast, but there is substantial
documented proof that these diseases are on the coast in substantial amounts
and what is our Minister of health doing? Ramsammy has become the spokes man
for the PPP on certain matters and so has Nadir they sit there on GTV about Guyana
Water Inc and the Procurement Commission Bill, and make all sorts of excuses
for the PPP, let the people at GWI tell us about their incompetence at GWI, Ramsammy,
you tell us about your incompetence as Minister of Health, tell us why
all of us are getting sick daily with diseases which you claim are not supposed
to be on the coast, but are.
The Documentation I have seen shows that
the focus of the malaria epidemic whilst all along the coast and in Georgetown is focused somewhere in
Mahaica. Whilst you are at it, Ramsammy perhaps you can tell us why your
chauffeur gets so much money as overtime.
The US giving this money to the already
corrupt and incompetent government officials to help us with the fight against
AIDS it is a monstrous joke, since it will never get where it is supposed to go,
it will end up in some public official's pocket or building some building which
we do not need to get the kickbacks on the contracts, or for buying new Prados
for the statistical Bureau and the government officials whilst the rest of us
have to buy second-hand Japanese cars.
But for the time being, what about the
Malaria, the Dengue and the Typhoid that is, and has been, infesting the coast
during the past 5-7 years? Is nothing being done about that? Will we wait until
it starts to kill out our population and Jagdeo will then have another excuse
to go with his PPP's Cup in his hand to the US Embassy and beg for more money?
Dengue fever in a viral infection
spread by mosquitoes, which means that there is no treatment or cure, and if
you happen to contract any two of the four strains of dengue at the same time,
it can lead to hemorrhagic fever, from which there is no record of anyone ever
recovering, you simply bleed to death. There has been no recorded case of this
in Guyana so far but it is more
luck than anything else.
And we ourselves are to blame ladies
and gentlemen, we sit here in our comatose state wallowing in self pity and
refuse to militate for these people do a proper job for us, they have double
the amount of ministries we need and still cant do their jobs, our consumers
associations are all defunct, they have no membership, no one is electing them
in any significant way to be members of these consumer protection groups, and
so they have no power whatsoever to represent us, and so I reject them all.
When Jeffrey and then Ramsammy were
mutilating the Medical Council for their own ends to hide the total chaos that
our delivery of medical services are in, we all sat by and watched as they put poorly
qualified Doctors who were friends and supporters in the Medical Council who would
turn a blind eye to their Ministers' incompetence, taking us further down the
road to sickness and to death.
Billions are being wasted on absolute
nonsense and corruption, and we are all getting sicker and sicker, how long
will you allow it to continue ladies and gentlemen? You all live in areas where
drains are blocked up, where all sorts of garbage is dumped in those drains
blocking them further facilitating the spread of mosquitoes daily, when will
you raise your voices in protest? Everyone is raising their voices for better
and better salaries but what good is a higher salary if you aren't around to