Very little can be done under the spirit of fear

“How very little can be done under the spirit of fear” – Florence Nightingale

In honor of the 200th anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday – May 12th, 1820 – the World Health Assembly has designated 2020 the International Year of the Nurse and Midwife.

Having experienced the sickness and death of many during the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale, known as the lady with the lamp, dedicated her life to advance nursing and to transform healthcare around the world.

Today, whenever you address a nurse as ‘Nightingale’ they beam with pride because it is an honor to be recognized as such. Next time you see one try it.

Nurses are often the first and sometimes the only health professional that people see and the quality of their initial assessment, care and treatment is very important.

And even though COVID-19 has overshadowed this memorable occasion, it has also highlighted the outstanding work our nurses and other healthcare workers do.

I know it has been said over and over again, but it still can’t be said enough. All of us are grateful to our frontline healthcare workers who are working continuously to help keep our communities healthy and safe. It takes great courage to do what they are doing.

The work they do is critical to our health system throughout the length and breadth of our country.

Thanks to all of them who are risking their health caring for patients who have the coronavirus, while continuing to care for patients who have other medical conditions.

Not only are they taking care of others, but are putting their health and that of their families at risk in the process.

Please know that your sacrifice is highly valued.

Dr. Minnis, now that you have assumed the interim leadership position in the health ministry, the onus is on you now more than ever before to guide us through this pandemic hysteria.

With the country in such a turmoil, prayerfully you are not taking on to much.

On April 13th you said you will appoint a food security task force to ensure that every resident would have adequate food. Since then I might have missed it but we have heard very little about that.

Hopefully, you will consider adding Bishop Walter Hanchell from Great Commission Ministries and Phillip Smith from the Bahamas Feeding Network to that panel and in your next address, we will get an update.

These two gentlemen are on the ground and are familiar with the needs of the masses. You need them on your team.

Prime minister, while we are somewhat pleased to see that you are loosening your grip on the reins and are opening more businesses, the question remains, is it happening fast enough? Will the beauty parlors and barbershops be able to hold out? What about the young entrepreneurs who have mortgaged their homes?

The rats and the elements are destroying the buildings on Arawak Cay and Potter’s Cay Dock, what is going to happen to the owners of these businesses? How will they survive?

Sadly, sir, you have allowed the big boys like Kentucky and Wendy’s to operate, but the small boys like Joey’s and Drifters at the fish fry remain closed. If Bamboo Shack can handle sidewalk service, so can they.

The assumption is, the reason for the weekend lockdown is because people have a tendency to become more ruckus on weekends than through the week.

Sir, we are doing our best to give you the benefit of everything that is happening, but can you please tell us why the beaches are still closed. As far back as we can remember, the sea has always been regarded as a source of rejuvenation for people with arthritis, lumbago, flu and many other ailments. You have arthritis, go soak in the sea; you have a cold, go put your head under the saltwater.

Yes, we understand the COVID-19 rules and all that, but aren’t we causing just as much sickness by depriving an arthritic senior citizen, or a person with a bad case of the flu, from the health benefits derived from going into the sea?

If it’s social distance we are concerned about, create a few jobs, hire beach wardens to patrol the beaches. Or is it easier to just shut them down?

Dr. Minnis, we are a law-abiding people and have every intention of remaining one. But it is a challenge when one aches and their pain becomes unbearable. Or after they have exhausted their 20 one-gallon water bottles before the lockdown is over.

We are also a proud people, please do not turn us into beggars. We do not want to rely on the state for survival.

We do not know how long the coronavirus will be around, but are we to continue living in fear for the rest of our lives?

Prime minister, we eagerly await May 30th, in the meantime we will continue to pray for you.


– Anthony Pratt


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