‘Sleeping on the job’

NATIONAL Federation Party (NFP) president Pio Tikoduadua has raised concerns about what he claims was the Government’s lax attitude on the handling of the meningococcal disease outbreak in the country.

Mr Tikoduadua questioned why the Health Ministry and Health Minister Rosy Akbar were “sleeping on the job” when a sharp increase in cases of meningococcal disease was detected in 2016.

“That was the time for the ministry to effectively respond to the outbreak, not two years later,” he said.

“The Health Minister really should hang her head in shame at the recurring debacles in our national healthcare system because ultimately the buck stops with her. That is why taxpayers fork out $200,000 for her salary,” he claimed.

“I am furthermore personally outraged because my daughter who is a student of St Johns (College) got diagnosed with an unknown illness last year, while a close friend from Papua New Guinea actually died from this same mysterious illness.

“I am a little disturbed that this is probably the meningococcal disease, and parents were not given any comfort or news.”

To prevent national panic, he said the ministry should put out a comprehensive plan on how it intended to quarantine and/or roll-out a vaccine program, and the vaccine program must be paid for by the Government, not asked to be bought from private pharmacies.

When questioned last night, Minister Rosy Akbar said she would not respond to the claims made by NFP.

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