GUYANA: Region 10 to shut down on Monday over vaccination policy – statement

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By September 3, 2021

Leaders of Region 10 today said that the region will shut down on Monday, September 6th over the government’s vaccination policy. Region 10 is Upper Demerara-Berbice, and includes Linden and Kwakwani, where the major industry is bauxite mining.

Region 10 has the lowest vaccination uptake in the country and disquiet has been expressed about the government’s policy requiring persons entering state offices to show evidence of vaccination or to make an appointment. Health care workers also have to show evidence of vaccination or to take regular PCR tests otherwise they are not being allowed onto their work site and would be considered to be absent.

A statement on behalf of Region 10 leaders follows:           

 Joint Statement from the Upper Demerara/Berbice Leadership

on Mandatory Vaccinations

The leadership of Region Ten are deeply concerned about the dictatorial and discriminatory approaches and posture of the government in its handling of covid 19 pandemic in the country and its mandatory vaccination policy on the citizenry.

Many of Region Ten health care workers are denied access and entry to their places of work.

This action has placed the health and safety of our region at severe risk of a greater and catastrophic health crisis than what currently obtains, hence being the lowest vaccinated region.

It is important to note that our region already has a shortage of much needed doctors and nurses due to transfers and a migration exodus to foreign lands. Further, there are shortages of much needed and necessary equipment, medical apparatus and the required amount of gears and drugs to effectively and efficiently manage an increase of COVID 19 patients in the region and it’s most worried some.

Additionally, the denial of our residents to access much needed government services of which their taxes pay, is most untenable.

Region Ten of which we are assured, is intentionally and strategically being targeted and discriminated against.

Hundreds of our residents are still not in receipt of covid 19 cash grants, because we care educational cash grants, hundreds were taken off and denied public assistance, many of our farmers have been denied the cash grants to assist in their rebuilding, our pensioners are concerned about not getting their promised increase, and the denial of bona fide residents of the region access to house lots at an affordable price, to mention a few solidifies this view.

We have observed the recent attempt by the government to now target our teachers, not this region.

Let it be known, that despite all those aforementioned atrocities we as a region will stand resolute and united to continually reject this government’s dictatorial imposition being placed on our people and we will resist and fight against it to the hilt. We will stand firm in defense of our people until this decision that affects our people and by extension every Guyanese citizen is reconsidered.

On Monday 6th of September 2021 there will be a Region Ten “SHUT DOWN” to resister our objection and rejection of the government’s dictatorship and mandatory vaccination policy.

Sent on behalf of Regional MPs, Regional Chairman and Mayor of Linden’s Offices.

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