Prime Minister, Brigadier (ret’d) Mark Phillips, on Wednesday, visited the communities of Malali and Muritaro in Upper Demerara and committed to send relief supplies, as well to as provide other support to the affected residents. He was accompanied by the Minister of Public Works, Juan Edghill and Regional Executive Officer (REO), Dwight John.
In his remarks during his visit to the two riverine communities, the Prime Minister said that the Government is focused on relief and ensuring that the flooding does not adversely affect the nation’s health.
He added that once the situation begins to return to normalcy, the administration will shift gears to ensure that communities get the necessary assistance to rebuild livelihoods and support economic development.
Included in the pledges made, is to dispatch a medical team to both communities, in the coming days, to do general checks-ups, in addition to COVID-19 testing and vaccination.
“A medical team will be coming here as early as Friday, and they will have medication that people will need during times like these. It will be dispatched with the doctor, who will administer it as he meets with patients”.
Additionally, each household will now receive food and sanitation hamper and purified drinking water.
Minister Edghill, during his remarks, debunked claims that the administration is partisan in its approach to relief efforts. He pointed out that cabinet members have been visiting all parts of Guyana, an operation headed by His Excellency President Irfaan Ali, who only today concluded a two-day outreach to regions Five and Six.
The Minister said that the Government is both sensitive and responsive to the needs of Guyanese and continues to serve all as it was elected to.
“This is not about politics, this is about humanity, and when we reach out and we bring relief, we do it in a non-discriminatory manner, this has nothing to do with who you voted for, you’re a Guyanese, and this is a crisis that all of us are facing”.
The Government is expected to head to the National Assembly to request additional funding to assist with the management of the level two disaster and subsequent recovery efforts. (DPI)